Bending the horse on the circle. Description of aids from the "Academic Equitation" by General Decarpentry.
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 09:05 PM
"Theoretically, there are two ways of laterally curving the horse:
- To maintain (centre of the horse) on the circle; to push head and tail on to the circle from the outside inwards
- To maintain head and tail on the circle; to push the centre on to the circle, from inside outwards.
In the first case (on the left rein) the left leg on the girth opposes a displacement of the centre of the horse
towards the centre of the circle. The hand draws the head and the forehand to the left on to the circle. The
right leg brings the hindquarters in on to the circle by pushing them to the left. The inside leg (left) is passive, acts as a barrier.
The outside hand and leg are active.
In the second case, outside hand and outside leg maintain head and tail on the circle, oppose their moving away from the
centre. The inside leg pushes the centre of the body out on to the circle, away from the centre. The left inside leg is active. The outside
leg and hand passive, act as a barrier.
In practice, each one of these aids will have to be used sometimes actively, sometimes passively, and their combinations will have to
be adapted, in mode and intensity, to the nature and the force of the resistances the horse will set against this bending."