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Tip of the Day – Getting Horses Excited about Hills

I was having a discussion with my trainer about my lazy warmblood who waves a white flag at the mere sight of a hill. I was advised that horses need to be taught how to get up hills with power and energy and that like anything its just correct training.

My trainer said that with several of her horses she has taught them to really power up the hill in trot and canter through using other horses working alongside and/or a schooling whip to make them stay up into the bridle and not slack off. The outcome was at a hilly event the horses took one look at the hills and powered up really well.

I am probably as guilty of anyone of letting the horse stay into the bridle and trot up the hill but I do not ask for that extra 10% where they are really powerful and looking to take you up. I will definitely be working on it this winter.

About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.


  • This is very topical for me….mine huffed and puffed and complained about taking on a hill yesterday, and yet had no issues with the (much longer) flat gallops! Going to be taking a schooling whip out next time.

  • I have the opposite problem – a horse that LOVES hills, he will slouch along on the flat if I don’t make him march out, but come to a hill and he is off power walking/trotting