How to tell if a horse is on the forehand?

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How to tell if a horse is on the forehand?

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    11-28-2011, 09:31 AM
How to tell if a horse is on the forehand?

I have a feeling that Molly is falling on the forehand, but I can't tell because I don't know how it feels. I know she sometimes goes behind the vertical, but I can't tell that she is until someone tells me. I'll get so focused on sitting back, posting on the right diagonal, and heels down that I forget to feel if her back is up or if she just has her head tucked in/behind the vertical.
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    11-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Green Broke
BEST way I have found when learning is eyes on the ground, or get someone to film you. See if she 'tracks up' which means the hind hooves should fall in, or over track the prints from the front legs. If she is being lazy with her hind, then she's powering on with her front legs. This will also help if she's dropping behind the vertical!
    11-28-2011, 10:15 AM
From the saddle - A horse on their forehand will 'feel' very heavy. Trotting and loping tends to jar your back. You can also hear their footfalls much more than a horse with correct implusion.

From the lunge line - they appear to be falling and struggling into their stride instead of easing into it.
    11-28-2011, 10:58 AM
Ok, thanks guys.

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