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[RC] Wide Behind (was: trot thread) - k s swigart

Angie said:

I think the dressage people call it "travelling wide behind"
and it isn't correct - whatever that means. ;-P
Don't know why they wouldn't want a horse to spread out. :-)

Because "wide behind" means :heavy on the forehand."

Horses that can extend their trot (i.e. take longer steps) without
having to spread their hind feet out to avoid missing their front feet,
can do so because they are raised at the shoulder and they have already
lifted their front feet out of the way of the back feet.

Horses that have to travel wide behind to avoid missing their front feet
have to do so because the front foot is still on the ground weight
bearing as the back foot comes forward.  And if the back foot is out to
the side of the horse, rather than directly underneath it, it cannot do
as much weight bearing.

Angie (feeling nostalgic about Kaboot today)

I believe that she had a couple of rather nasty experiences with Kaboot
sommersaulting over her because of his tendency to travel so heavy on
the forehand.

Heavy on the forehand is not a trait that I seek in my horses.

I want horses that figure out (or I can teach) how to move their front
feet out of the way of their back feet, not the other way around.

Orange County, Calif.


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