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        11-12-2013, 02:11 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Bascule refers to the telescoping of the head/neck for the gait (this occurs in walk/canter, more so when the horse is in working gaits, less so in collection). The head and neck should not routinely go below the withers, it weights the forehand and slows the horse. Momentarily when completely free, but not sustained. The horse must figuratively and literally be up to the hand, then longitudinal flexion (bit acceptance) comes over time, with lateral flexibility.

    Bending on a circle (shoulder fore=a step onto a 20m circle, shoulder in=a step onto a 10m circle) all help to fill out the outside rein, establish bit acceptance/flexion. But in walk there STILL must be bascule allowed within the walk. If not the head will start to nod, the flexion will be behind the atlas/axis (poll area), and the walk will slow and the horse will refuse the retaking of contact.

    In trot, it is important that the horse stays with a mobile jaw and arced out to the hand and active (no closing of the throat latch).
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        11-12-2013, 02:30 PM
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    Weanling
    Oh, so bascule is actually movement--I was just thinking of a shape.

    Thanks!
         
        11-13-2013, 06:11 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by equitate    
    Bascule refers to the telescoping of the head/neck for the gait (this occurs in walk/canter, more so when the horse is in working gaits, less so in collection). The head and neck should not routinely go below the withers, it weights the forehand and slows the horse. Momentarily when completely free, but not sustained. The horse must figuratively and literally be up to the hand, then longitudinal flexion (bit acceptance) comes over time, with lateral flexibility.

    Bending on a circle (shoulder fore=a step onto a 20m circle, shoulder in=a step onto a 10m circle) all help to fill out the outside rein, establish bit acceptance/flexion. But in walk there STILL must be bascule allowed within the walk. If not the head will start to nod, the flexion will be behind the atlas/axis (poll area), and the walk will slow and the horse will refuse the retaking of contact.

    In trot, it is important that the horse stays with a mobile jaw and arced out to the hand and active (no closing of the throat latch).
    Which is exactly why I preach in the 'long and low' posts that it is not a position that is suited to a green or undeveloped horse - they physically cannot remain supple through the back, haunches and neck with the nose level with their knees or worse, dragging through the sand. It takes a huge amount of balance and strength to hold a long and low frame for more than a couple of strides
    Anyhoo, back to walk!
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        11-14-2013, 06:43 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    As a friend of mine has said many times, you buy a walk and a canter :). In truth my horse is the same way...his walk is fair...it is improving slightly but I am not sure it is ever going to be spectacular.

    My trainer started with the basics..establish relaxed and long before going for impulsion. We started with the shortest rein where the horse was loosened up and striding properly, essentially at the buckle when we started. The idea was to keep the relaxation and allowing the withers and shoulders to move freely using just enough aids to keep the horse moving without changing pace. Once that was down, I still start with the long rein but slowly shorten them, again, maintaining the same looseness and pace. Once I started to shorten my trainer added in the impulsion aids, alternate side squeezing with the calf and holding the outside rein to contain the forward movement (not allow speeding up in the pace) to encourage and maintain the more open stride.

    One thing about my horse is that speed at the walk for him is the enemy. As soon as he gets too quick he gets very short in front.
    I did try this today, started with the loosest rein and had my friend on the ground making sure he was going freely, slowly starting collecting the reins up while maintaining that walk and we got somewhere :)

    Apart from the stomping flues we had a pretty decent walk :)

    Just need to do it for my next rides :)
         

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