Reply To: Building up muscle in the hindquarters

G & S
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Draw reins might be counter-productive, since they tend to strengthen the muscles to resist, instead of increasing the engagement of the hind quarter. I think you will find that using draw reins to attempt to produce or encourage a correct “dressage frame” could earn you some long posts of correct “dressage frames” from dressage purists. The basic dressage concept is that the energy & forward impulsion has to come from the rear end, pass through the horses body, back to front, and return to the riders hands through the reins, with the hands opening slightly or closing to control that energy generated by the hind legs.