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Module 3/4, Lesson 1/13
Introduction to Haunches

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reminderIf you remember when we worked from the ground in "Bridle Work", we did an exercise with the inside rein that pushed the haunches to the outside. In this course you will understand how aids we taught from the ground will help you move body parts around. Now that we have gained control of the shoulders, we will need to work on the haunches. The key to performing advanced maneuvers such as lateral work is coordinating shoulders and haunches together. In this module there are 11 lessons that will help you be able to control and move the haunches in preparation of lateral movements. We have included dozens of animations and diagrams along with troubleshooting and helpful hints how to use "Cues and Aids".


What will we cover in this Module?

Check mark What Do I Do If My Horse Rushes? Check mark Why is It So Important For Me to Keep My Horse's Neck Straight?
Check mark What is the Order of the Aids? Check mark What Do I Do If My Horse Doesn't Move Sideways Willingly?
Check mark What Do I Do If My Horse's Rhythm or Tempo Changes? Check mark What are the Aids for Turn on the Forehand.
Check mark What Else Can I Use Haunches-In For? Check mark How Do I Start the Turn on the Forehand?
Check mark What is Haunches-Out? Check mark What Are the Aids for Haunches-In?
Check mark What is Haunches-in? Check mark What's the Difference Between Haunches-In and a Crooked Horse?
Check mark Is Haunches-In More Difficult Than Shoulders-In? Check mark What is the Bend and Angle of Haunches-In?
Common People Problems are:  Common Horse Problems are: Benefits to this lesson are:
  1. Rider does not find a good starting point for the horse
  2. Rider does not break down the lesson into smaller parts
  3. Rider does not use the inside leg to hold the inside shoulder
  4. Rider asks for too much bend
  5. Rider asks not enough bend
  6. Rider loses the bend in the transition
  7. Rider doesn't use the outside rein to maintain the bend
  8. Rider can't maintain gait in the transitions to the new bend or direction
  9. Rider does not maintain collection through the transition
  10. Rider is not connected to the aids
  11. Rider crosses the reins over the withers
  12. Rider lacks balance
  13. Rider lacks confidence
  14. Rider has fear
  15. Rider does not use the leg aids effectively
  16. Rider does not use seat bone effectively
  1. Horse is stiff and resistant
  2. Horse does not travel straight
  3. Horse does not maintain bend
  4. Horse loses impulsion
  5. Horse lacks rhythm and smoothness through the transition
  6. Horse does not stay between the aids
  7. Horse's poll pops up in the transition to the new bend or direction
  1. Improves balance
  2. Improves attention span
  3. Improves knowledge of using aids
  4. Improves respect
  5. Improve leadership
  6. Improves softness and directional control under saddle 
  7. Improves shoulder control
  8. Improves straightness
  9. Improves forward
  10. Improves rhythm
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