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Calf Stretch

[F6] a simple calf stretch

An easy way to stretch out your calves using the edge of a step.

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How do I do it?

Stand on the edge of a step with your heels just over the edge. Slowly lower your heels down (as if your feet were in the stirrups) until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold for 20-30s and then rise up. Repeat several times. If one side is tighter than the other, then take one heel down at a time.

How will this help my riding?

Tight calves can cause you to grip up through the heel. This causes tension through the lower body, which will block your hips from moving correctly. You may also be jabbing your horse in the side with your spurs if you wear them.

What does this exercise target?

It’ll target your calf muscles.

What should I be careful of?

Be sure not to lose your balance! Don’t stretch too deeply without having a little bit of a warm up before you begin.

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.