Evaluating the Basic Gaits

Evaluating the Basic Gaits

Before we start looking at the details of a specific horse’s way of moving, we need to take a look at the basic gaits – walk, trot, and canter. In order to be able to evaluate the basic gaits, one must know what they normally look like – in general, but also in...
Flexion at the Poll

Flexion at the Poll

No bend without flexion!  In order to bend along the whole spine the horse needs a flexible poll which can bend to the inside, as we can see here with Dalia: Note: No flexion – no bend! Fault #1: Overbending the neck Instead of correctly giving at the poll, many...
Forward Down Posture

Forward Down Posture

We differentiate between three positions: forward down, working frame and collection. Suppleness is most important at first, so we usually shift between forward down and a working frame during lungeing. Advanced horses can be worked in collection on the lunge but...