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Re: [RC] travelling wide - Barbara McCrary

We have a short-bodied, round-barrelled, long-strided horse that moves
beautifully and is very strong.  Now if we could just find the solution to
his snatching off his front shoes......

I have felt what you are describing many times in endurance rides....the
cessation of rounding and the heaviness on the forehand.  It is something a
rider can just FEEL.  The horse I have in mind (not the one described above)
also canters uncollected and his vertebrae articulate differently when his
too-long back is tired.  The collection is gone.

Barbara

----- Original Message -----
From: "k s swigart" <katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] travelling wide



If find this to be true even of "short bodied" horses (of which I have
had many) and "wide barrelled" horses (of which I have also had many).
Since both of these are traits that I LIKE in a horse.

I can tell when my horses' backs start to get tired; they stop rounding
up as nicely and transfer their weight forwards because I can hear them
start to forge.  If giving them a half-halt or two to remind them to
round up doesn't work, I take this as a cue that I need to give them a
rest :).  I consider it one of those "little subtleties" telling me that
my horse is starting to get tired.
kat
Orange County, Calif.



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