Gareth and Cherokee demonstrate the leg positions of the rollover. Some people believe that disengagement is bad for horses and that rollovers are hard on the horse’s body. I fully disagree. This maneuver I learned from Buck Brannaman, it is about timing and feels. Timing and feel are what a good horseman is always trying to improve.
Rollovers relax a horse and also create a light workout that employs switching from one quarter to the next (the weight is distributed to a different foot each step of the move).
When a horse is gently disengaged (even in an emergency) the following steps are the engagement of the hind and lightening of the forehand. I have yet to ever have a horse be injured by rolling over. This is also a wonderful way to help a rider become more accurate with the use of legs in the appropriate place to ask for the movement and appropriate placements of the hands. So, all in all, this a wonderful exercise. Its fluid, it’s graceful and really begins to help riders get in tune with their horse’s feet. Rollovers also work the horse right to left stabilizing muscles and ligaments which will help a horse stay strong and injury-free while moving fluidly. If you would like to know more about how to do this maneuver, please feel free to drop us an email in regard to a clinic, privates lessons, and video coaching. Heartfelt also offer a Correspondence Course that can help you learn the steps. Once you feel how softly engaged your horses to become through the hind in and lighten the forehand, you will keep this move in your toolbox forever.
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I hope you enjoy it! Jamie Lynn
Leading instructor at Heartfelt Horsemanship and Author of The Four Core Program in Natural Horse Management and Young Horse Development