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Re: [RC] travelling wide - Karen Clanin

So....if your horse tracks straight at the walk and the canter but is
wide behind at the trot, expecially if it is a big extended trot....then
the most likely cause of this is that the horse has hollowed out its
back and is heavy on the forehand.

sorry, kat, i disagree with you on this one -- not to say you are not right in some cases however. i have a small gelding, SUSAN G has ridden with me on him and commented on his good movement. he's a short bodied horse that goes collected, well rounded and well under himself due to the way i ride him (otherwise he could be out of control as he is very competitive -- very closely related to RIO). it has been observed by MANY that have riden behind him that when we do an extended trot he opens up his rear and travels wide behind. the reason for this is because of his short bodiedness, if he didn't compensate someway he would be over reaching and catching himself.



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[RC] travelling wide, k s swigart