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post #1 of 3 Old 01-24-2014, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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disengaging the hind end?

Ok, I have been around horses my whole life, mostly cutting and stock horses most recently gaited horses. I have started and finished a few, and have done it mostly the way my dad and his peers did it. Lots of "cowboying", and just lots of miles.

The more I read through this forum, I hear terms I am not familiar with (no formal training/lessons myself). I am certain that we do the things you mention, just not sure what or how..... Hopefully this makes sense. Now to my question.

What is meant by "Disengage the rear end?" i hear this alot but have no point of refrence...

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-24-2014, 02:57 PM
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It's just moving that hind end over. So if you're looking at the horse on the ground face to face and you want him to move that butt over to the left, you should just be able to wave a hand or just look at that butt and he should step hind feet over in that direction - hence.... disengaging the hind end. Or in the saddle, leg cue, move hind end over.
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redrose pretty much nailed it; to add, the Dorrance's believed that controlling the feet, and the hip(hindquarters) led to you being able to "control" the horse...therefore, they taught you to do alot of moving the hq to the left and right from the ground and from the saddle. And, if you have an issue while mounted, your first step would be to "move" the hq, to get the horse tuned back into what you want.
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