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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...

Word of the Week – Throughness/Through

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THROUGHNESS/THROUGH - An equestrian term which means the supple, elastic, unblocked, connected state of the horse’s musculature and a willing mental...

Word of the Week – Downhill

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DOWNHILL - Poor longitudinal balance, with failure to elevate the withers and/or lower the haunches. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Amplitude

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AMPLITUDE - Magnitude of range of motion. Same as Scope. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – Release

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RELEASE - As used in the tests, the brief release of the contact, wherein the rider in one clear motion extends...

Word of the Week – Pushing Out

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PUSHING OUT - Hind legs operating too far behind the horse, which favors pushing at the expense of carrying.

Word of the Week – Gait

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GAIT - Characteristic limb coordination pattern recognized by the sequence and timing of the footfalls. Gaits used in dressage are walk,...

Word of the Week – Acceptance

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ACCEPTANCE - Used in reference to the horse’s willingness to allow the maintenance of a steady contact, the application of the...

Word of the Week – Closed Halt

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CLOSED HALT - A posture at the halt in which the horse is secure in balance with a shortened base of...

Word of the Week – Lightness

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LIGHTNESS - Refers to one of the following: 1) Horse’s lightness on its feet. 2) Lightness of...
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