WORKSHOP: Movement and Rider

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Effects of Movement and Rider Workshop

Part 1: How the hoof affects movement and how movement affects the hoof

This session focuses on the effect that hoof distortions such as twists, flares, and long toe/how heel can have on movement. We also discuss how hoof shape and the break over point affect movement as well as trimming and shoeing strategies to address movement problems.

Live horse(s) evaluation of movement

Part 2: Movement of the leg and joints

This section focuses on the moving horse and helps people understand how the legs travel through their flight path and the effect on joints. We also identify flaws in movement and the effect those flaws can have on the hoof.

Live horse(s) evaluation of movement

Part 3: Upper body and movement

Focuses on helping people recognize the following conditions and their effects : collection vs. hollowed out, elevation of hips and shoulder during movement, collapsing of hip/shoulder, hind-end vs. front-end development, tracking, swing of barrel, and head carriage.

Live horse(s) evaluation of movement

Part 4: Saddle, Tack, and Rider

This is not intended to be a saddle fitting clinic, but is designed to help the horse owner understand weight distribution and its effect on the horse. Topics included are: how saddle and rider can interfere with the horse’s performance, rider position and balance as well as evenness from side to side, and whether saddle fit allows room for the shoulder to move and the horse to lift his back.

Live evaluation of saddle

Live rider evaluation

Part 5 Conditioning

Teaches people how to build an exercise program to fit their horse’s individual needs. Specific exercises are detailed that can address the following types of conditions: lack of collection and impulsion, unevenness, heavy on the front-end, short striging, weak back and lack of flexibility.

Test (evaluating a different horse)


Real Life Example from Case Studies – The Slide Presentation

This horse is in his mid-twenties and from the left side not too bad looking.

This is a photo of the same horse on the same day from the right side. It doesn’t even look like the same horse. If you look at the hip, the shape of the back, the shoulder and even into the neck, this horse looks very different and very atrophied.

After addressing hoof care issues for a year, we took another photo of the horse. The right side is much improved from the previous year. This horse did not have the benefit of an exercise program during the year between the first set of photos and the second. The only change was to the hooves. Nonetheless, he was able to recover and in his late twenties he was used as a light trail horse.


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