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Analyze: added lynx

Lynx is a push-pull gait with a hanging phase. This is the most energy-efficient way of moving a horse to cover long distances.

The legs of the diagonal pair should land simultaneously.

The front and hind legs form two equal triangles. The third triangle (in the middle, with the base on the bottom line of the horse) is formed by two legs, front and rear, located on the same side.

Poor trot can be the result of defects in the horse’s exterior, injuries, pain, muscle tension, poor training and training methods, improper ammunition, rider imbalance, etc.

In the photo below you can see a decent increase (three triangles in place).

The stride length of the hind legs is identical to the stride length of the front. The hoof of the hind leg falls to the ground in front of the imprint of the hoof of the front leg. There is a certain tightness in the region of the lower back and shoulders (the lower back should be full and rounded, the front leg should be more straightened and laid back from the shoulder).

The enslavement contributes to the fact that two hooves practically collide. If the horse is more connected (it will work with its back, instead of just waving its legs), its back will be rounded, the croup will lower (it is raised in the photo), the weight will shift back, and before it will lighten and lift (and become free).

All this could change the quality of the lynx for the better and make room for the hind legs to go deeper under the hull without pinching the front hoof.

In the next photo we see a good increase in trot for a horse of heavy or light heavy breed. A horse with such an exterior is characterized by short steps of its hind legs, but this guy is a hard worker. Unfortunately, the photo was taken at an angle that does not allow us to get a clear idea of ​​the position of the croup. The shooting angle also distorts the ability to correctly assess the stride length of the front and rear legs. It seems that the step of the hind legs is wider than the front. Some of the differences between the two photographs are related to enslaved extensors. The left shoulder is in front of the vertical, and the wrist joint is bent more than in the first photo. A lower level of enslavement allows the wrist to go back, and the leg to straighten, which creates a wider step and a triangle.

A heavy truck stretches right ahead farther than a riding horse in the first photograph. Compare where the hoof of the right front foot of both horses is located in relation to their noses. Both horses have equally short necks, so this is not the case when we can say that everything depends on the neck. Both horses also have an equal angle of inclination of the shoulder, so the shoulder is also not the cause of the difference in the offset. What is different is the shoulder angle. In a heavy truck, it is 105 degrees, while in a riding horse – 98.

Also, because of the shooting angle, it seems that the heavy truck is hindering its foot to the point under its withers, and the riding horse reaches only the point under the middle of its back. Keep in mind that the shorter back of the heavy truck may also affect this.

We also see some disturbance in the cleanliness of the heavy truck trot. His right hind hoof is still standing on the ground, while the front hoof has long been in the air, and his left hind leg has lowered before the right forefoot has lowered. But I do not want to blame this powerful horse for not very skillfully working its hind legs. A little stretching and relaxing work, and her lynx will be much cleaner.

Now let’s look at the added lynx from the position of many dressage riders

There are so many mistakes here that I don’t even know where to start.

1. The apparent mismatch in the stride length of the front and rear legs. The step of the hind legs is much shorter.

2. The hock of the pushing back leg is located outside the horse, and not under her thigh.

3. The horse is in front. This is indicated by the way the headstock of the front right foot is sagged, compared with the headstock of the left back.

4. The right hind leg descends to a point that is slightly ahead of the horse’s thigh point, although ideally it should lower to the point under the rider’s seat.

The lynx is absolutely of poor quality; there can be no talk of its purity.

In this photo we see a similar set of characteristics, plus a hoof turned forward, as well as the left front leg almost bent in the opposite direction.

Given the previous two photos, the horse on the next moves quite dignified, showing us a working trot of a lower level.

The horse has a shorter pitch of the hind legs than the front. Why? Pay attention to how well the muscle of her neck is filled (looks like a tube). She “flows” into the shoulder; the base of the neck is elevated, as is the withers. This horse also slightly raised its back, but there is a tightness in the lower back, which causes tightness of the muscles of the back. If we look at the structure of her hind leg, we will see that the thigh is clearly shorter than the lower leg.

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