We analyze: work on the cord (lynx) and the improvement of the top line of the horse
Cord work is a great way to improve the horse’s top line. Without the burden of the rider’s weight, the horse can easily find a rhythmic, relaxed and balanced way of moving. The circle naturally encourages a deeper step toward the horse’s center of gravity with the inner hind leg, causing a cyclic action of the muscle ring. But the effectiveness of the cord work, of course, depends on the skills of the cord, who works with the horse. Allowing a horse to rush with a reverse order, littered with a nape, a fallen shoulder or backside is a futile and often also harmful exercise for the horse. The figure below shows the work of a cordial who is trying to correctly act on a horse.
Unfortunately, his efforts are not entirely successful. I make the assumption that the cordon rather corrects the horse, rather than destroying it. I may be wrong, but this is the impression that I have created. The horse’s tail is raised and slightly inward, but still in a relaxed position, which is good. The horse does not tail, there is a hang in the gait, the inner ear is aimed at the cord, the look is soft, the cord is not tense. And, despite the fact that the lateral reins are a little in the way, they are not the reason why the horse does not achieve the desired result.
The horse makes a good step with the back foot, the hoof almost reaches the level of the back bows of the saddle. A longer step, and she will step under the rider’s center of gravity. This horse has a good long thigh and an excellent ratio of the length of the thigh and lower leg (they are almost the same length), so it has the potential to take deeper steps.
We can clearly see the line of the abdominal muscles, indicating that the horse connects the muscles of the abdomen. The biggest obstacle for her is a lower back injury. On the lower back, a cavity with a very tight, angular muscles is noticeable. This should not be, and it is likely that if we could see this horse without a saddle, we would find that the entire top line is also enslaved and clamped up to the withers.
We pass to the front of the horse. Here we clearly see that it is connected and working. The problem is that everything happens unevenly. The muscle is very noticeable in the first third of the neck, and then begins to disappear until it disappears completely in the area near the shoulder. However, it should be the same along the entire length of the neck to the shoulder. The crest of the neck also shows the uneven operation of the neck – the nape is flat, then a slight rise, the apex of which is above the throat, then again a flat area, and the withers are almost notched. The lower part of the ridge also thins toward the bottom.
The horse’s throat is closed, and its nose is behind the vertical, it avoids contact with side reins. This is true, although they are quite free. This adds to the problem in the lumbar region, as the shoulder is blocked and the horse begins to take short steps in front. Essentially, this horse shrinks in the back and front. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a collection.
You cannot lock, tighten or hold the horse assembly, and this horse is clear evidence of this
The horse in the photo above has a very good ass. The large thigh is clearly longer than the lower leg, well developed lower back. Strength and potential abound. It is not obvious why it is affected by all these “ropes”. If the horse’s backside was weaker, it would suffer even more than now.
Everything is much easier to understand if you look at the front of the horse. The throat is closed. (It’s hard to see on a dark horse, but if you enlarge the photo, we will see what people call the second chin – a crease). The crest of the neck is in the form of a wave, flat in the neck, then rises and falls closer to the withers. There are no signs of muscle that should be present when the horse steps deep under the hull. There are also no signs that the abdominal muscles are contracting, the back and lower back are enslaved.
The latter is a cord attached to the inner ring of the snaffle, the equivalent of riding under the rider who rides on the inside. This is not the best way to control, especially when driving in a circle.
The pony (below) shows us the most connected (and correct) trotting among all the horses shown in the photo above. Therefore, it is he who stretches most and improves his topline. It is only a pity that this is not connected with the work of the cordova. This is the merit of the dog.