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post #1 of 4 Old 01-31-2012, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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What do these 'horsey' words/terms mean please??

Hi, I'm new here and I wouldn't so much as call myself a 'beginner' rather a 'learner' - I'm working in a Livery every day and learning about bringing the horses in, feeding them, grooming them, putting on and taking off their coats, tacking up, shodding, hoof care etc and although I've been riding on and off since I was 8 (I'm 35 now) I still have LOADS to learn regarding riding (I think riding every Saturday in a school with 20 other people and being led round didnt teach me the skills I needed)
Thus far, most of what I've learnt is from reading how to do it or watching it on youtube but their are things I don't understand like -'bring your horse forward' etc I don't know exactly what they mean by this.
I hope this is ok but I've made a note of the things I've come across on this forum (I've been reading loads on here since I joined a couple days ago) that I don't understand - would someone be kind enough to explain - all help is really gratefully appreciated xxx

1. Bring forward
2. Hollowing
3. How can you tell if the horses 'gait' is good or bad
4. Coming off the rail
5. What exactly is 'contact' - how do I keep it?
6. Turning on forehand and haunches
7. Footfalls
8. How can I tell if my horse is on the wrong lead
9. What is difference between Western and English riding
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-31-2012, 04:22 PM
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Okay I'll try to help here.

1. Bring forward - It is exactly as it says. To bring your legs forward (if they're too far back) you push your weight into your heels to bring your legs forward. Does this example make sense to you?
2. Hollowing -when someone says something is hollow it usually means that most of your contact is being avoided by your horse. With hollow turns, your horse usually isn't bending and is usually avoiding your leg.
3. How can you tell if the horses 'gait' is good or bad -If the gait is choppy, slow, or way to fast it is a bad gait. When it's a good gait, the horse is usually more responsive to your aids and some horses try to reach down with their heads to have better contact.
4. Coming off the rail -The area/ring's sides are called the rail. When you come off the rail, then you are (usually) turning off the rail to reach other parts of the ring.
5. What exactly is 'contact' - how do I keep it? -Contact is your connections with the horse. Your legs, seat, and hands are your sources of contact.
6. Turning on forehand and haunches -Mainly means that your horse is turning with their chest and hindquarters.
7. Footfalls -A horse's hoof beats
8. How can I tell if my horse is on the wrong lead -You can look at your horse's shoulders. If your horse's inside shoulder is rising and falling after the outside shoulder, then you are on the correct lead. Switch this and you are on the wrong lead. This is the best way to tell until you get the feel of it.
9. What is difference between Western and English riding -English riding you usually have more contact with your horse through the reins and our gaits are usually faster than Western. Our tack is different (but I'm sure you knew that ), and our aids also tend to be a bit different as well.

I hope this helps. I tried to explain this the best way I could. :)

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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Another visual check on the lead....when on the correct lead, the horse's inside leg will be moving further forward than the outside leg. :)

Turning on forehand and haunches. As Sky indicated, they are moving their chest and hindquarters..maybe more of expansion on that...when doing a turn on the forehand, the horse pivots around their front end with their hindquarters and in a turn on the haunches, the horse pivots on their haunches while moving their front end. In other words, the opposite end remains still in the movement (not entirely 100% still but just to give you the basic idea).


Turn on Forehnad:

Turn on haunches:
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-21-2012, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much - that really helps xxx
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