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        04-11-2012, 09:37 PM
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    So how do you really know if they are off the forehand?
         
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        04-11-2012, 09:55 PM
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    You should feel that the horse's wither 'grows' and the back lifts to carry you. The hind legs should be coming under your centre of gravity. The horse should feel in front of your leg, so that it is anticipating your next aid and will react immediately. There should be no backwards pull of the reins, but there should be a light contact, in which you can feel as though you can move the horse anyway and it will follow the rein, remaining slightly in front of the vertical.
         
        04-11-2012, 09:58 PM
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    You should feel that the horse's wither 'grows' and the back lifts to carry you. The hind legs should be coming under your centre of gravity. The horse should feel in front of your leg, so that it is anticipating your next aid and will react immediately. There should be no backwards pull of the reins, but there should be a light contact, in which you can feel as though you can move the horse anyway and it will follow the rein, remaining slightly in front of the vertical.
    He's felt that way before...sorry for asking all these questions! I guess I should just wait and see what my instructor says. Thanks though!
         
        04-11-2012, 10:16 PM
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    Definitely ask your instructor. They are your eyes on the ground and if they're worth the money you're paying them, they'll know how to tell if the horse is off the forehand or not.
         

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