Hyperflexion is a position in which a horse’s nose is behind the vertical (Beckstett, 2019). It is often used in dressage training and during warm-up, prior to competitions. Hyperflexion covers several terms, e.g. ‘Rollkür’ and ‘LDR’ (Low-Deep-and-Round) (Christensen et al., 2014). It has been previously taught that the technique improves a horse’s ability to lift and round his topline (essential for collected work) while it encourages more expressive gaits (Pascoe, 2023). However studies say otherwise.

With more attention on horse sport now, especially with the Olympics coming up this year, why are we still seeing hyperflexion being used, especially at high levels of the sport?

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