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 […]

Actually Researching Horseness…

I do have a lot of criticisms of our modern horse industry. The trend towards treating horses as animal production units that should be replaced every three years for maximum profit has devastating repercussions (click here) short and long term.  So when there is a move towards looking into and respecting the horseness of the […]

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 […]

The Free Walk and the Horse’s Back

One of the huge factors in the epidemic of back problems our horses struggle with is the fad of insisting that the horse move with their neck arched and their head tucked into a fixed position regardless of what they are doing. I am stunned by how many riders of late seem to be genuinely […]