How the Horse’s Spine Lifts

How a horse is supposed to “lift its back” is a topic of great confusion for many riders – at ALL levels of riding.

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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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Horses and The Form-Function Principle

The form-function principle as it relates to a horse’s body, suggests that each part of the body; each unique form, is designed to carry out a specific function.

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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

In our highly competitive horse world today, we are too often prone to believe that ‘more is better.’ This has led to excesses and unsound and harmful practices that are not based on good movement and body-use principles
~Susan Harris