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  • Straightness (crookedness)

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    11-19-2008, 09:31 PM

The other thread has sparked this sort off spin off so I will ask a simple question...

What is your definition of straightness...crookedness ?

I will always refer to dressage as that is what I ride/train/teach but it is possible that the dressage definition could be different than western or other disciplines so all please make your explanation of what you feel and feel free to post an example of crookedness.
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    11-19-2008, 10:52 PM
A straight horse puts its hind tracks directly in its front tracks, no matter if on a circle or other bending line.
And a straight horse is even from side to side, with no unevenness or stiffness to one side.
    11-19-2008, 11:21 PM
I agree with anebel but a horse can look like he is going straight even if he is uneven or stiff to either side. A crooked horse is one that leans too much on one aid or the other. If he doesn't carry himself true to what I am asking he may be relying on my bounderies to much, I may beable to get him going straight but he will not be truely straight till he is carrying himself, not me doing it for him.
JMO, self carriage should not always refer to collection as I think both are very important.
    11-19-2008, 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by prbygenny    
JMO, self carriage should not always refer to collection as I think both are very important.

Self carraige can only occur on a horse that is even loaded on all four legs and under those circumstances it will be straight. A horse in a rounded frame is not in self carraige unless that balance has been achieved from the hindquarters.

A horse that is bent in either direction in order to attain a movement or gait by overloading the opposite shoulder cannot be considered straight. I see too often for example a horse that is travelling with its haunches in at the canter...and again it is not straight.
    11-20-2008, 02:46 AM
Am I out in left field by asking about the sraightness of travel, when you can still have a straight horse in a fast gate, where the rear quarters do not travel in lone with the front, it can still be straight, as it shifts its hind end slightly to one side or the other?

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