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post #1 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Is this true?

I was browsing on youtube and watching a video of someone galloping their arab. One of the comments under the video said "Quarter Horses accelerate with their hind legs, while Arabians accelerate with their front." I sat there pondering...is that true?
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 01:16 PM
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No, it's not true. All horses, regardless of breed, rely on their back ends for impulsion.

What moron would say something like that?
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 01:18 PM
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You know, I honestly don't know.....i would think all horses accelerate with thier hind end, but, I don't know....it will be interesting to find out though..
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[QUOTE=annaleah;771915].....i would think all horses accelerate with thier hind end QUOTE] so do I. I think it was just another of the youtube morons. But it made me puzzle and then laugh. Haha
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 03:11 PM
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It's not physically possible. The front never 'gives' enough to accelarte. Look at how the thighs have to bend with the motion, the front legs weren't built for that. It's just a bogus shot. ;)

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 04:04 PM
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Well, Arabs tend to pull themselves along with their shoulders more than other horses. That's mine and my Arab owning friend's impression.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 04:08 PM
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Well, Arabs tend to pull themselves along with their shoulders more than other horses. That's mine and my Arab owning friend's impression.
I've had Arabians for 32 years. All of mine have used their hind ends for impulsion, not their front legs.

They'll reach with their fronts, but the motor is in the rear. I've never met any horse who was front wheel drive. They're all rear wheel drive!
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 04:29 PM
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They'll reach with their fronts, but the motor is in the rear. I've never met any horse who was front wheel drive. They're all rear wheel drive!
Yes.

An improperly trained horse or hock sore horse will dump on their front end. Many horses have no real clue how to use their hindquarters under saddle because the rider interferes with normal movement.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-05-2010, 04:42 PM
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NOT true. I've owned Arabians most all my life (I'm an old bat, I'm 53 now....lol) and they all use their hind-ends, they can really collect and get underneath themselves.
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-06-2010, 05:14 PM
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NOT true. I've owned Arabians most all my life (I'm an old bat, I'm 53 now....lol) and they all use their hind-ends, they can really collect and get underneath themselves.

Coming from a dressage back ground I always thought that collecting and getting a horse to come under themselves was usually an exercise of the back end...

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