Word of the Week – Bend

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BEND – The laterally curved position in which the horse’s body, as would be viewed from above, appears to form a uniform arc from poll to tail.  Components of bending include lateral flexion at the poll, stretching of the outer side of the body, lowering of the inner hip, and adduction of the inner hind and outer fore legs (see Flexion for more in-depth discussion of the elements of bending).  Examples of faulty bend are: bending only in the neck, bending only at the base of the neck, or bent toward the wrong direction.

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