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Having balanced and varied movement will help ensure the longevity of your horse. When a horse moves in an unbalanced way, the majority of the time, it can cause complications that may lead to lameness. When conditioning you horse to move in a balanced matter it is important you take the time to learn how to do this correctly or seek the help of a professional.

 

The hoof, in many ways, is shaped by the force of the horse being driven into it. The hoof will react to the forces being exerted upon it. For this reason, it is important that the horse moves in a balanced manner. This will require a few things.

 

  1. 1. First, your horse must be conditioned enough physically for you to ride it and ask it to perform while you are on it.
  2. 2. Second, you must be balanced yourself as a rider while having knowledge of how the horse moves naturally. This will enable you to know what proper movement is and how to properly ask for it.
  3. Third, you must have a saddle that properly fits the horse. The saddle will greatly influence the way the front limbs will move and also how the back will move. This in turn will affect the movement of the entire horse. You can find saddles, which properly fit horses made by Balance International.
  4. Fourth, in summary, anything that effects the horseís movement will affect the hoof shape. This can be something simple to a complex old injury that may not even be visible. Conformation, muscling, riding method and common every day movement all play into this. The move varied balanced movement the horse has the better shape itsí hooves will be in. The hooves will also reflect what is going on above the horse. If the horse only prefers to move more in one direction the hoofs will reflect this and so on.

 

Also, a great book that I highly recommend on natural movement is The Natural Horse by Jaime Jackson.

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