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Horse biomechanics at trot

This is the frame we should search for in warming up, cooling down or relaxing phase of every horse training.The horse on this picture moves with relaxed topline (back, neck, croupe), engaged core muscles (pink arrows), telescopes the neck forward down (violet arrow, small orange arrow), relaxes and opens pole area. Lifts energetically his legs (red arrows) and lowers a bit his croupe (big orange arrow). Because he engages his core and relaxes his topline, the back and neck base are lifted (green arrows). So the energy can come smoothly from behind and he swings in the movement.The head is infront of the vertical, seeking the light...

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TIPS: Young horse training

During first lessons I don't push a young horse in the »right« frame, but I just help him to relax and adjust the speed. When it happens that he puts/carries himself in a good frame/shape, I praise him with my voice. From time to time I start to introduce half-halts with the longeline, to invite him more often in a right frame. The most times that I apply the half-halt, he will not respond with yielding to the pressure, but no problem. He still doesn't know what it means. I don't increase the pressure, never! It will come by the time, we spend together. Now, he's not strong enough...

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Free 3 doors in the horse …

When explaining to my riders how a rider should ride or work a horse, I like to use one of my simple metaphors: The Metaphor of  Free 3 doors in the horse. Imagine that a horse has 3 doors in three very crucial parts of his body: 1st door lies behind his jaw around the pole area, close to the first neck vertebra (atlas-axis area) 2nd door lies where the horse has his neck base, low under the withers, inside his chest between shoulders (around 7th cervical vertebra and 1st thoracic vertebra) 3rd door is in the point where horse's hindquarter connects to his core (around last lumbar vertebra, lumbo-sacral joint, pelvis) If any of these doors are closed, half open or even locked then the energy...

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