Sunday, August 25, 2019

Word of the Week – Movement

MOVEMENT - 1) The manner in which the horse moves over the ground: way of moving. 2) Test movement: a section of a dressage test to be evaluated with one score on a score sheet. 3) Dressage Movements: these are: leg-yield, rein back, shoulder-in, travers, renvers, turn on haunches, half pass (trot or canter), flying change(s), pirouette (walk or canter), piaffe, and passage. For the purpose of the current freestyle tests, forbidden movement(s) refers to #2.  Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Biomechanics

Biomechanics - The application of the principles and techniques of mechanics (the branch of physics that deals with the motion of material bodies and the phenomena of the action of forces on bodies) to the structure, function, and capabilities of living organisms.  (Webster) Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Uneven

UNEVEN - An irregularity in walk or trot in which the front or hind pair of legs does not move symmetrically, the right leg making a different length of step than the left leg. Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Engagement

ENGAGEMENT - Increased flexion in joints of the hind legs during the weight-bearing (stance) phase of the stride, lowering the croup relative to the forehand, enabling the back to assist in elevating the forehand, and providing a springboard for upward thrust/impulsion. Engagement is carrying power, rather than pushing power.  Full glossary:

Word of the Week – Lateral

LATERAL - 1) To the side, as in flexion, bend, suppleness, or direction of movement.2) Impurity of the gait in which the lateral pairs of legs swing forward somewhat synchronously. If the lateral pairs of legs move totally synchronously, this is called pacing. Full glossary:
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