TEN IMPORTANT THINGS A HORSE SHOULD BE TAUGHT AND, IN TIME, EXECUTE WITHOUT A BRACE OR RESISTANCE, TO HAVE A SOLID EDUCATION

  1. FORWARD (MAINTAINING AN ENERGETIC THRUST OF THE HINDQUARTERS IN ALL GAITS AND MOVEMENTS – NOT JUST MOVING FORWARD OR RUSHING), STOP, TURN, BEND, BACK UP
  2. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS BETWEEN GAITS (NEITHER SPEEDING UP OR SLOWING DOWN AND MAINTAINING A ROUND TOPLINE)
  3. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS WITHIN GAITS (NEITHER SPEEDING UP NOR SLOWING DOWN – JUST LENGTHENING AND SHORTENING OF THE STRIDE)
  4. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS FROM A STRAIGHT LINE TO A CURVED LINE AND VICE VERSA (NEITHER  SLOWING DOWN GOING INTO CORNERS NOR SPEEDING UP COMING OUT OF CORNERS)
  5. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS FROM  A RIGHT BEND TO A LEFT BEND AND A LEFT BEND TO A RIGHT BEND (MAINTAINING A  CORRECT SHAPE BY NOT COMING ABOVE THE BIT AND INVERTING AND STAYING IN BALANCE ON THE LINE OF TRAVEL, I.E., NOT LOSING THE ALIGNMENT OF HIPS AND SHOULDERS BY LOSING THE BEND OR LEANING ONTO THE SHOULDERS)
  6. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS FROM A LARGE TO A SMALL CIRCLE AND VICE VERSA BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT (NEITHER FALLING IN NOR OUT OF THE CIRCLES DURING THE MOVEMENT AND MAINTAINING AN EVEN RHYTHM AND TEMPO)
  7. TRANSITIONS FROM A SINGLE TRACK MOVEMENT TO A LATERAL (TWO TRACK) MOVEMENT AND VICE VERSA BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT (NEITHER SPEEDING UP NOR SLOWING DOWN)
  8. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS BETWEEN LATERAL MOVEMENTS (MAINTAINING THE BALANCE ON THE LINE OF TRAVEL)
  9. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS FROM THE RISING TROT TO THE SITTING TROT AND VICE VERSA WITHOUT DISTURBING THE BALANCE OF THE HORSE OR THE RHYTHM AND TEMPO OF THE GAIT
  10. SMOOTH TRANSITIONS BETWEEN BALANCE ON THE FOREHAND, HORIZONTAL BALANCE, AND BALANCE ON THE HAUNCHES DURING MOVEMENTS
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