Thank you for coming to my blog. I appreciate your interest, and want to let you know that the content of this post is being incorporated into a series of books. This blog has been incorporated in The Gymnastic Circle, Preparing the Horse to Ride, that is currently a work in progress.
When I agreed to write the series, I wanted to make sure people understood that from the horse’s point of view, they just are not built to carry weight on top of their backs because their entire torso is held up by a web of muscle and connective tissue slung between their shoulder blades. I also wanted show how the particular structure of different types of horse’s hindquarters has an enormous impact on their abilities under saddle. As the series explores how you can help your horse develop the strength and dexterity to carry their rider, it will include what I have learned from my search to explain some of the Iberian horse’s special attributes under saddle.
I found it quite illuminating when I looked into why an Iberian horse turning a cow looks like this:
While an American Quarter Horse turning a cow looks like this:
And why an Iberian horse at the piaffe looks like this:
And a galloper, a Thoroughbred, at the piaffe looks like this:
I take the opportunity to share my insights with a larger audience seriously and when the book meets my standards I will post a notice, so stay tuned in!