Originally Posted by Silvera
Can someone explain the difference between disengaging the hind quarters and engaging the hind quarters please? I've only started hearing the term disengaging the hind quarters recently and would like to understand what it means a little more.
Thanks for the help.
I would say in a nutshell, disengaging the hind quarters means to take the energy out of the hind quarters by displacing them from the rest of the horse. If the horse isn't straight, he cannot effectively move forward.
Engaging the hind quarters would be the exact opposite, harnessing the energy of the hind quarters to create impulsion and power. This is done by keeping the horse "straight" as defined in dressage terms.