Feel is very important for pattern classes, or even showing rail classes. I need to know where that back foot is, if the hock is under, if the hip is tilted, if the barrel is lifted, if the shoulder is lifted, if the neck is relaxed, just for a successful and seamless lope off from the walk. It can be the difference between an uncollected, head-bobbed, step into the lope, and a nice, collected, effortless departure.
I also want to be able to manipulate each part of the body with a tiny change of my leg. I want to be able to lift the ribcage and move it over, I want to be able to lift and move the shoulder, and then I want to lift and move the hip. Then I want to do multiple combinations at the same time.
If a horse is out of whack in his body position, then he does not have the same opportunity to perform correctly as a horse with a rider who is aware. It is a problem for people who miscommunicate and constantly get the wrong lead.
Last edited by oh vair oh; 08-28-2012 at 04:07 PM.