Category: Spins

The Road to the Derby: Spin Exercises

King of the Coast (Sleipner LLC) and Daphne Thompson show a great exercise to work on the spin: side pass the box in order to keep your horse’s shoulders up.


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Baby Steps: Learning to spin

How to begin teaching your steed to spin!



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Electric Spider – 2 year old colt by Electric Code

Stay tuned for more turn exercises and to stay up to date on Electric Spider’s progress!

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Spin to Win

Side-Pass The Box

            Another way to consider what a horse is doing when spinning is: The horse is side-passing at the trot with their front legs while rocking back on their hocks. That is to say, the horse should be crossing one front leg over the other with every step while drawing a small triangle with its inside hind foot.

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Better Spins With One Simple Exercise


Whether your horse is just beginning to learn the spin, or he is seasoned spinning veteran, this easy to execute exercise will help him perform better.

Many believe the spin can be viewed as a small circle taken all the way down to a pivot.  In other words, when walking a small circle, the rider winds the circle down, smaller and smaller, until the horse is piviting around its hind end. It is very important the horse already has a good understanding of how to move away from leg pressure as well as knowing how to follow its head when cued by the bridle reins.

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