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    09-10-2009, 01:57 PM
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Foal
Two tracking vs. Counter Bending

So I am reading this Ride the Journey book by Chris Cox..so far each exercise I've used from this book has been great...my horse is getting really supple..yay!

I am really confused though on this new chapter, he talks about two tracking...I have no idea what two tracking is..can anyone explain it to me? And what is the difference between two tracking and counter bending?
     
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    09-10-2009, 02:04 PM
  #2
Showing
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.
Make sense?
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.
     
    09-10-2009, 02:07 PM
  #3
Showing
*ahem*

Okey doke. I also just read that two-tracking can be comparable to a leg-yield; a horse moving laterally and forwards at the same time.

Could you please explain the context in which the term was used in the book?
     
    09-10-2009, 02:51 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
*ahem*

Okey doke. I also just read that two-tracking can be comparable to a leg-yield; a horse moving laterally and forwards at the same time.

Could you please explain the context in which the term was used in the book?
Two tracking is a western term. I use it frequently on two of my geldings the last mile or so on trail when they are anxious to get back to the trailer!

Basically the opposing leg tracks into the spot left by the front leg. (right hind tracks where the left front was.)
     

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