Forces On The Equine Back Part 3. Feeling. The short video illustrates the many forces acting on the horse’s back. Some forces are intense, others are light, others are brief. They are the words, the verbs and the sentences of the conversation between the horse and the rider. Riding is essentially dynamics. Riding is an interaction of forces between the horse and the rider. The saddle needs to allow .
“At speed higher than the walk, the amplitude of the axial movements is reduced and difficult to discern with the naked eye. Presumably, the muscular resistance increases, making the vertebral column as nearly rigid as possible in order to resist wasteful sidewise, lateral motion.” (James R. Rooney, Biomechanics of lameness in horses, 1976) Almost fifty years ago, James Rooney aimed the equestrian world in the right direction explaining that .
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“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” (Henri Poincare) In 1968, Philippe Guillot de Suduiraut, former ecuyer of the Cadre Noir de Saumur, intuitively felt that shifting the rider’s weight, as was taught at the school, was not in line with actual functioning of the equine back. Saddles were designed for the driving seat, high cantle and thick padding. They were based on .