Comparison in topline before and after we did our super casual walk work and then relaxed stretchy stay. Obvs they’re not super comparable or drastic, but his forelegs have become more vertical as he’s distributing his weight more evenly and taking some off the forehand, and the line of his back, especially where it connects to his ass, is much smoother.
This is after just a bit of stretching walking around (reinforcing him for long strides and head and neck down and out), high RoR for staying in place to allow him to relax, and feeding for position with the head and neck down and out.
He was very tetchy when I brought him out of the pasture, but after just some very casual work he had a spring in his step going back and wanted to trot lol.
It’s not a huge difference but doing this day after day creates significant change. Just wish I had the ability to get out there and do this every day.
Yesterday when the trainer handled my horse, Savannah was literally twitching and shivering with rage and pent-up baby-energy. She doesn’t like to roll or run in the mud, so it’s been days since she was able to frolic. The trainer tried to convince me she has Tourette’s syndrome, or a hormone imbalance… I said I was pretty sure she just needed to run around.
So today when the trainer wasn’t there, I went down to the indoor and unleashed my crazy-horse. She burst into a horsplosion… galloping, hopping, kicking, squeaking. She got it all out of her system, 20 minutes of this, running herself into a sweat.
When she was done, she trotted over to me, panting and exhausted. She had perfect manners, a lovely little angel, while I cooled her out. I put her on the cross ties, and she stood quietly, head low, while I gave her a massage and a brush down. Tired baby is happy baby.
Wasn’t working on crunches, but here’s a snippet that’s very close to one. Wish the camera had been at a slightly different angle. Here see Zeke’s long noodle neck and the dip behind his withers to start. Anticipating a step backwards, he shifts his weight to the hind end. See his back raise right behind his withers, his neck shorten, and his forelegs become vertical as he shifts his weight off the forehand to his hind legs. Then you see him pick up the foot. Even once he puts the foot down, his weight is still distributed more to the back. In the last image see his neck is shortened and engaged over the top, the back behind his withers is raised, his forelegs are still more vertical, and his head is hanging down from the poll with a nice soft face.
I wasn’t working on crunches but this is a neat visualization of a horse taking himself off the forehand.