You and Your Horse

Finding your own way with horses

Basics of proper movement

Horses have to learn, how to move in a good manner.

In order to be able to fulfill the tasks we are expecting from a horse, it has to learn how to move properly. In nature horses do not move in circles, but always straight ahead. If they want to turn or change the direction they do it in this way:

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Therefore on a lunge, where they have to continuously walk on a circular line, horses normally do it like this mare – leaning inwards like a motorcycle, which is harmful for many physical parts of its body:

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In order to avoid these damaging effects the horse has to move in its tracks like a railway or in other words: it must learn to bend. But bending is a totally new concept for every horse! You cannot expect them to do this without showing them how.

What the horse has to learn

The most important tasks for the horse to learn are

  • to bend in a circle instead of letting itself fall into it,
  • to raise its inner shoulder and
  • to move straight in its tracks with the hindquarters tracking the forelegs, like a train and not like a motorbike, leaning into the curve.

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When your horse can do this the following results

  • its neck is freed up and it “lets go” from the withers
  • it develops rhythm and freedom of pace (good ground coverage)
  • its back muscles are freed up to do their work effectively
  • its hindquarters take up weight
  • its body and spirit are happy and relaxed.

In our training we lay the foundations of correct movements through a lungeing-programm on the basic principles of the biomechanics of the horse. Lungeing is perfect, because the horse can learn to move correctly and freely without any distraction through a rider’s weight or movement.

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Lungeing in practice

This movie is part of A Course in Lungeing by Babette Teschen and it shows you the different steps in teaching your horse to bend and walk correctly:


Babette Teschen and Tania Konnerth
www.lungeing.comwww.wege-zum-pferd.de
Music: www.premiumbeat.com

(Translated by Katy Schütte)