Tag: biomechanics

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…

Do no harm: understanding the function of tie-downs, martingales, and draw reins

jumper wearing a running martingales

“Brutality begins where knowledge ends. Ignorance and compulsion appear simultaneously.” ~Charles de Kunffy. It’s rampant in every discipline, every breed. I see it in training barns, show arenas, boarding facilities, and backyards: people using devices that restrict their horses’ natural movement. I am appalled…