Originally Posted by BustertheBay
Any help would be much appreciated :)
Elana! Where are you?! Haha. :)
I've had a hard time spotting horses on the forehand and Elana's explanations/pictures/recommended reading helped me a lot. I don't know a whole lot about explaining it so I'll let everyone else take a crack before I try to figure out my own definition of it. But briefly, a horse on the forehand isn't driving from their hindquarters; a well-collected horse will raise his back and get his hindquarters under him so that the coupling/croup appears "up" and rounded, whereas a horse who is on the forehand will appear arched/concave at the coupling/croup. Another easy way to tell is on his back-- a horse who is on the forehand will not feel as smooth as a horse who is driving form his hindquarters.
Here's an article that helped me a lot (from Elana) in understanding how horses get off the forehand and "collect" using their ring of muscles. http://www.equinestudies.org/ring_re...s_2008_pdf.pdf
Aaand that's all I got. Did I do good?