Good riding and training does make horses feel better! ;) On this pcs you can see a quarter horse gelding (18yo) before (above) and after (below) a lesson of work in hand and riding. *
Notice (in the pics above) this horse stands in a 'goat' position. His hind feet are close together, underneath his body with very straight joints, which is a sign of tension in thighs and psoas muscles and ilio sacral area. Consequently his pelvis lays more backwards. You can see some tension in the poles area and his underneck is working. He's leaning on his front feet and he puts even more weight on his right front leg. *
This is his natural and over years gained asymmetry. He's like older people that worked a lot in life, also had some minor injuries and thus he preferes to keep this posture when coming out of the stable. But after some well choosen exercise his posture changes... *
His whole topline is in a better frame (pics below), more relaxed, especially the underneck. The weight between his front feet is distributed more evenly. He stands more squarely. His pelvis is more in a neutral position. The tensions in the iliopsoas had been released, thus he can place his hind feet more apart and leave them further back to distribute his weight more evenly over all his feet, even he is higher in his croupe by nature.
In both moments photos have been taken from far, so the horse could place himself as he prefered to. The good effects of work on this horse are obvious.
#workinhandhorses #goodtraining #riding #quarterhorse #horsetopline #horseunderneck - 1 year ago