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Word of the Week – Obedience

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OBEDIENCE - Submission in reference to the accurate performance of the required exercise, in contrast to submission in regard to the basics. The horse...

Word of the Week – Fluent

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FLUENT/FLUENCY - Flowing or moving smoothly and easily. Same as fluid. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Basics

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BASICS - The basics form the correct foundation of the progressive training of the horse, independent of the execution of specific test movements.  The...

Word of the Week – Tilting

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TILTING - Tipping or cocking the head (lowering one ear)—an evasion. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Resistance

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RESISTANCE - Active or rigid opposition to the connection or to the aids of the rider (e.g. against or above the bit).  Not the...

Word of the Week – Elasticity

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ELASTICITY - The ability or tendency to stretch and contract the musculature smoothly, giving the impression of stretchiness or springiness. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Late

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LATE - Execution after the aids or after the prescribed place or letter. Usually applied to flying changes and transitions.  Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Swinging Head

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SWINGING HEAD - The horse’s muzzle moves left-and-right or in circles, indicating constraint or incorrect acceptance of contact/connection. Same as head wagging. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Horizontal Balance

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HORIZONTAL BALANCE - A longitudinal balance between downhill and uphill. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Pivoting

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PIVOTING - Failure to pick up a foot in the rhythm of the gait, such that the horse swivels around the grounded (or “stuck”)...
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