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Toe-Touch Stretch

[F2] a lower back and hamstring stretch

This exercise stretches both the lower back and the backs of your legs.

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How do I do it?

Begin standing up tall and straight. Slowly fold forwards reaching towards your toes. Once you’ve reached your full range, pause for 10-20 seconds, then roll on up slowly, one vertebrae at a time. Repeat.

How will this help my riding?

Riders need a supple, flexible lower body to be able to go with the horse’s movement.

What does this exercise target?

It targets the muscles of the lower back as well as the hamstrings.

What should I be careful of?

Don’t stretch too far. Make sure you’re warmed up properly before attempting a static stretch like this. Bend your knees slightly if it’s painful down the backs of your legs to get a better lower back stretch.

Before starting any new exercise or training regime, we advise you to consult a physician, doctor, physiotherapist or other expert. The plans and exercises presented here and on the BLACKDOG Equestrian App are for guidance only and they do not offer advice on which you should rely. The App and the Services have not been developed to meet your individual requirements.