Originally Posted by Beling
I think my question is: What's an Incorrect haunches-in? Because I suspect the reason we used to avoid them, was it was easy for the horse to go "incorrect" without us knowing.
An incorrect haunches in is when you can truly call the horse crooked. The hind legs will not be doing their job equally.
One hind will be off and not engage under as far as it should and instead carries its hips at an angle. It is not supporting the shoulder on the same side and can cause that shoulder to bear into that rein because the weight has shifted to the front leg also on that side.
This is the "Help! My horse is falling in" posts/threads we see so often.
And what happens to the right is that it no longer swings straight forward but out and away from the profile of the horse...in essence...does nothing to help the horse at all.
The end result is that the outside hip is leading the inside hip and not in a carrying or thrusting position at all.
This is the danger of using this position to get the canter. Most people attempting this to get the canter are using the incorrect position, calling it a haunches in ( which it is not) when in fact it is simply a crooked horse.
They may get the canter simply because the load is so great on the inside shoulder that the horse canters to relieve itself of the weight on the forehand.