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Longitudinal Bend, Flexion, and Give

This lovely image shows a horse moving in the most elegant self-carriage. Longitudinal bend, flexion, and give create the lowered hind quarter, elevated front and ultimate lightness in movement. My last post was concerned with the lateral bend of the horse. Today I hope…

More bend, less bend, incorrect bend!

Have you ever heard your trainer say, “more bend, less bend, incorrect bend…nice bend”? Why do we make such a fuss about bend anyway? Regardless of discipline we want our horses to excel to the best of their ability. Bend affects every movement in…

Lesson Learned…Less is more!

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I truly believe that horses are our best teachers. Through their response, they clearly let us know if we are communicating correctly. They just do not get it wrong when we get it right! I learned this lesson many years ago when I changed…