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By Don Blazer

          All of a horse’s action initiates in the hindquarters.

          So no matter what maneuver you want to teach, you must control the hindquarters.

          The first step is to learn how to determine by feel which hind foot is grounded.

          A horse drops out from under the rider, so when he picks up a hind foot, his hip on that side drops.  The hip on the grounded foot remains at its highest point.  (Put your hand on the horse’s hip as you ride and you can feel it.)

          Walk your horse and call out to a viewer the hind foot that is grounded.  It is going happen faster than you think; call out: left, right, left right…not just a single foot every now and then.

          When you can do that correctly all the time, stop the horse and immediately tell a viewer which hind foot is forward and which is back.

          When you can feel your horse’s hindquarters, you have the foundation for teaching all maneuvers. 

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