One of the best tools for achieving balance and self-carriage is the shoulder-in movement. A basic yet challenging lateral movement, the shoulder-in is famous for its effects of lifting the front end and creating more impulsion in the hind end.
Of course, the shoulder-in can also be challenging to learn, particularly when both horse and rider are unfamiliar with the movement. Right now, many of you may be looking for some details to perfect in the interim between competition seasons.
Beezie Madden was kind enough to help us out with some basic tips for achieving a shoulder-in for the latest Madden Method video. These videos are full of helpful advice on everything from barn management to starting young horses — we highly recommend giving them a good study!