The benefit is that this hind leg is required to bend more. Hindquarter-in encourages the outside hind leg to carry and makes the inside shoulder more light. The exercise increases the lateral bending and improves coordination of the limbs.
Hindquarter-in is a good preparation for pirouette, half-pass and canter changes:
- When the hindquarter-in is carried out on a smaller circle a pirouette is the end result.
- When the hindquarter-in is carried out on a diagonal line, this is called the half-pass.
- When the horse in canter changes from renvers to the left to hindquarter-in to the right, this is a canter change.