♔ KJRSOS In Freedom & Awareness ~ The Study of Healthy Movement of the Horse
The ability to visualize and recognize good movement may arguably be 'the' most important educational element.
The walk is the most complicated of all the gaits having both a diagonal and a lateral component. It is what we often refer to as a gait of healing. Because of the intricacies of the walk, it can be the one that is most difficult to have a full and complete understanding of. But it is the one that is perhaps most important to understand so that we can fully utilize it as a gait of health.
Where we further examine the mobility of the horse's neck especially in the gait of walk as the gait of health.
There is so much happening here at any given point in time and yet this is an area that we don't spend enough time watching, observing so that we can understand how this is something that we must allow the horse at all times. A fully mobile back is the sign of a truly healthy horse.
The trot is our first gait of impulsion and it is here that we must strive for a purity of movement at all times so that we keep the trot as a gait of impulsion.
We have an incredible resource available to us that we should never underestimate. We need to value this incomparable resource that every single equestrian can benefit from. Especially if we put healthy movement first in all of our dealings with our horses. The wild herd uncompromised, with an endless variety of terrain to challenge the equine body yet a body uncompromised by our mistakes.
The ability of the body to make minute adjustments to bring the body back into balance.
Studying the shoulder of the horse. Deserving of study because it is different in the horse then it is humans. There is no skeletal connection in the horse for the shoulder and the front legs. They have no collar bone and we need to understand the ramifications this has on the movement of the horse.
Showing the horse without the rider
Discovering where the horse finds balance. Where equilibrium lives in his body.
Whether that is how he leans through, counterbalances through head and neck, where the center of balance of his head influences what he can do, how he morphs from one moment to the next and all are in balance and speaking to how we need to never compromise the whole, that contributes to this concept of equal balance or all being in balance. We include canter here because canter is not a gait of training, canter belongs to the horse and because canter within all its changes perhaps best displays the constant morphing of the horse.