I'm not really sure where to put this since I don't ride english anymore but these are more english concepts... So hopefully this is right.
I was wondering about why some horses track up easily and others don't. For instance, Lacey always tracks up or nearly tracks up at whatever gait she's in (except for when I'm making her jog but even then she still almost tracks up), but then I see posts where people have commented that the horse being commented on isn't tracking up well... I'm sure no one ever "taught" Lacey to track up since evidently no one taught her her canter leads but she just does. Why does she just do it when other horses don't? Is it a conformation thing? But then why does Lacey track up pretty well when most everything about her conformation (butt high, post legged etc) seems to scream hard to get to use herself?
And then, the other day someone critiqued a video of Lacey saying that she had very stiff hocks... What does that mean? How do you tell? Is that also a conformation thing?
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