Suppleness

Suppleness

The most important requirement for a good and correct movement pattern is suppleness. Horses that are tense, nervous or afraid will always move in a rather bad manner. Note: We define suppleness in the horse when he is physically and mentally relaxed and enjoys the...
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...