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...
Shoulders in Balance

Shoulders in Balance

Balanced shoulders are an important prerequisite for healthy movement on a circle. Every horse has a natural crookedness and is therefore never fully balanced. This crookedness causes the horse to lean into the circle on one hand and move in a tilted position. Through...