Classically Gaited

Our lesson was really awesome! the body awareness you taught me seems to be what Blaze and I needed to progress.

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Horse Lecture by Dr. Gavin Scofield, D.O.

Instead of going over my version of Gavin’s clinic, I thought you might enjoy some direct quotes. I taped as much as I could from Gavin’s lecture in Kentucky, October 2009.

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Horse Bio-Mechanics

Some of the common indicators that people use to determine if a horse is moving correctly include:

  • An arched neck with the head on the vertical
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    Simple Models, Hard Problems

    The value of simple models to deal with hard problems.

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    Horse Bio-mechanics & Horse/Rider Balance

    Bio-mechanics entails looking at the natural structure of the body in order to better understand how it should ideally function.

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    The Seven Habits of Horsemanship

    Steven Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a fantastic model for people getting along with people. Using his model, I have taken the liberty of applying his ideas to horsemanship to share a perspective on how riders can perhaps get along with horses a bit better.

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    Disengagement

    The term disengagement means the horse no longer has a source of power from its hindquarters.

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    Change is Hard on the Brain

    When I work with riders one of the trickiest parts of making improvements is that the changes don’t always feel right at first.

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    Solving Your Horse’s Problem By Introducing New Ones

    The solution to horse behavior problems, often lies in introducing the opposite problem; one uncharacteristic for the horse

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    Are you Riding for Fashion or Soundness?

    There is sometimes a huge difference in riding positions between what is fashionable and what is bio-mechanically sound. The reality is that balance is balance is balance.

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    Equine Imbalance

    ...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
    ....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
    Founder of Equine Postural Training &
    Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

    Acknowledgements

    Photos Contributed by:
    Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
    Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
    Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

    Quote Of The Day

    Riding is the privileged result of the positive and healthy relationship one develops with the horse. This privilege means the horse enjoys the rider on its' back as much as the rider enjoys being there.
    ~anonymous