Saturday, January 2, 2010
101 things: Number 100 Anatomy
It's a sport about developing the maximum potential of the horse's gaits through correct, consistent training. While dressage horses are first mentally developed, but along the same lines they are co-developed physically for optimal performance.
So, it comes as an unfortunate surprise that most people cannot tell the difference between a stifle, gaskin and hock. Or what parts of a gymnastic exercise develop and impact the development of their horse. Or how if the lattimus or longissimus dorsi is preventing the Trapezius muscles from lifting and allowing freedom in the topline.
In the same vein, how or anatomy impacts performance.
Point is, learning anatomy, equine and human, not only helps you but develop your horse more thoroughly and thoughtfully.
Do you need to run out and memorize Saunder's Anatomy, attend a necropsy or earn a PhD in Bio-Mechanics?
But do learn the basic muscle and skeletal groups you'll be working with consistently and how they all work together to perform the gaits and the movements throughout the levels.
There are several hundred books on the subject, but the classics never go out of style:
Horse Anatomy: A Coloring AtlasThe Equus Illustrated Handbook of Equine Anatomy, Volume 1 and Volume 2
The Anatomy of the Horse
The Dynamic Horse A Biomechanical Guide to Equine Movement and Performance