What Being On the Forehand Means to the Horse

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Horse Listening

We often talk about the ills caused by the horse moving on the forehand, and we dissect and analyze movement in an effort to understand.

The idea here isn’t to cause guilt and doom and gloom; instead, we should learn all we can and take steps to avoid known problems.

What does being on the forehand really mean, from the horse’s perspective? Here are a few thoughts:

1. Lack of balance.

First and foremost, from the moment we get on the horse’s back, we are messing around with the horse’s balance. Horses that are naturally balanced have to negotiate movement with the weight and (dis-) equilibrium of the rider. Horses that are naturally unbalanced have to negotiate gravity with not only their own tendencies toward unhealthy movement, but then also with the extra weight of the rider.

2. Heavy on the front feet.

Have you ever heard a horse banging…

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