Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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, trot, and canter. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

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 aids, and/or the placement of the rider’s weight. Absence of evasion or resistance. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

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 support achieved by positioning the hind legs forward underneath the body. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

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 the rider’s aids/horse’s responsiveness to light aids. 3) Lightness/lift of the forehand. Full glossary: http://bit.ly/2019USDFGlossary

Word of the Week – On The Forehand

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