Word of the Week – Over The Back


OVER THE BACK (OR TOPLINE) – The horse stretching and rounding the back or topline.

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  1. why does the USDF insist on perpetuating anatomically inaccurate concepts in their training literature? The research indicating that horse’s backs are rigid and their vertebrae rotate in order to adjust to changes in speed and demand if at least half a century old.

    • Hi Sara,
      Thanks for your comment! Your feedback has been forwarded to the Judges Committee to take into account when reviewing The Glossary of Judging Terms (which is reviewed every four years by a working groups of high level judges and biomechanics experts!) to ensure that our definitions are as accurate as possible. You are welcome to email Judgescommittee@usdf.org with any input or suggestions on future edits. 🙂

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