Rocking the Lumbo-Sacral Joint

When I read that neither horse’s spines nor their legs bent to the side, but that they turned by rotating the vertebrae in their back in order to change the path their hind legs took I had to think it out for myself. Sure enough, when I really looked at the difference between the horse’s […]

The Gallop and the Horse’s Back

Horse people tend to use the words canter and gallop interchangeably, when the horse actually has two distinct hardwired versions of the canter/gallop. Dressage trainers call one version a four-beat canter. Personally I call it the galumph because it is an awkward collapse towards the front  that feels like the horse is progressing by moving […]

The Working Trot and the Horse’s Back

The first photo I have included has poor resolution because it is an old Xerox copy of a photo of my Spanish Colonial Medicine stallion at the working trot. I have ended up using it because I could not find an image of a horse moving correctly at the working trot unencumbered by a rider […]