Does making a horse round make them use their backs?
I'm really hope so. Cause my horse isn't using her hind or her back at all.
Yes, having a horse round through its back causes the hind legs to reach further under and (usually) the head will drop. Think of the horses body as an arched bridge.....an arched bridge is stronger than a straight bridge or a swing bridge:)
Rounding the back doesn't make them use their hind end. Using their hind end for something other than forward thrust may round the back some, although there seems to be some debate.
Can you be more specific? What do you mean by "making a horse round"?
Lowering their necks into a frame will not cause the horse to start using its rear or its back.
"The thought that the lowering of the neck does increases the range of motion of the horse’s thoracolumbar spine is also inaccurate....The truth is that the effects attributed to the lowering of the neck cannot be achieved by acting on the neck. Neck postures are convenient short cuts promising results that are in fact the outcome of precise coordination of the horse’s physique, starting with the decelerating and propulsive activity of the hind legs and continuing with the capacity of the back muscles..."Stretching the Neck
It's a double edged sword. Without roundness you will not have a loose, swinging back. Without a loose, swinging back you will not have roundness.
Work more on developing done pushing power in the hind legs, get a good instructor and the roundness + effective back will come.
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