Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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As far as I understand it... you want to look at how many different "tracks" the horses' legs are making.
If you're riding towards a mirror with your horse completely straight, the legs are making two tracks; the hind legs follow the front legs so you only have two tracks.
When you're doing haunches-in, you want to have three tracks, that is one track being made by the outside front, the second track being made by the inside front and outside hind, and the third (innermost) track being made by the inside hind.
Anyways, that's just how I interpret things when I hear the term "two tracks."
In regards to counterbending, you don't want to change the number of tracks you have (otherwise you are bending too much through the neck and losing the bend out the hindquarter) you rather just want the horse to bend and supple to the outside.
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