No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get your horse to lift his back or engage his hindquarters. The strides are choppy, maybe even rushed, and he is fighting the bit. Before you criticize him for disobedience
The croup on the horse is identified as the area along the topline from the loins to the base of the tale. From the side, the point of the croup should be in alignment with or just behind the point
There is more to the shoulder than meets the eye. Firstly, it is important to realize that the horse’s shoulder is not actually attached to the spine by a collar bone as it is in humans. Instead, the shoulder is
After taking a brief look at the history and evolution of the saddle, the article then goes into depth on proper saddle fitting and function for various disciplines of the working horse.
This is a paper I prepared for a course some years ago and have decided to share. Hopefully you find it informative if not helpful!
Dressage is a most pleasant art to watch. The horses are often well-muscled and round, their heads held proudly on arching necks. It looks like a dance where rider and horse become one; and it is. This connection between bodies
(c) Sheri Spencer The stifle joint of the horse is designed similarly to the human knee, in that it is the joint between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia, with a “knee cap,” the patella, that resides in the
As any serious dressage rider who’s taken a lesson or two knows, the horse should be ridden ‘back to front.’ In other words, creating energy in the hindquarters to encourage the horse to carry himself over the back, lightening the