Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Tag: Glossary of Judging Terms

Word of the Week – Quick

QUICK - Refers to the tempo (strides per minute) unless otherwise noted. Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Over The Back

OVER THE BACK (OR TOPLINE) - The horse stretching and rounding the back or topline. Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Dragging

DRAGGING - Refers to dragging of the hind feet or inactivity of the hind legs or failure to lift the hooves clear of the...

Word of the Week – Impulsion

IMPULSION (Engagement and the Desire to Go Forward) - Used to describe the transmission of an eager and energetic, yet controlled, propulsive thrust generated...

Word of the Week – Stuck

STUCK - Instead of being raised in the rhythm of the gait, a foot remains on the ground throughout the entire stride. Usually applied...

Word of the Week – Flexibility

FLEXIBILITY - Range of motion of joints and the ability to move the joints freely.  Also described as Suppleness.  Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Carriage

CARRIAGE - The posture of the horse, most easily evaluated when viewing the horse’s profile or outline from the side. Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Harmony

HARMONY - Used in reference to the relationship between the horse and rider, the partners’ positive physical as well as mental/emotional connection, showing...

Word of the Week – Snatching

SNATCHING - 1) Horse attempting to jerk the reins through the rider’s hands. 2) Picking up the leg(s) jerkily and sometimes excessively high. Full glossary:

Word of the Week – From Behind

FROM BEHIND - Shorthand for “energy/activity/thrust from the hind legs” (as in “needs more__‘from behind’”). Full glossary ://
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10 Tips for Dressage Seat Equitation Riders

By Mike Osinski, USEF “S” and FEI Judge With the popularity of Dressage Seat Equitation, the numbers are rising in these classes across the country. Here are a few tips for riders to understand what the judges are looking for in an Equitation class.