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Introducing Rein Back with Shannon Dueck

The rein back is found in dressage tests from second level to grand prix.

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By: Karen Robinson |

A correctly-executed rein back will show a clear two-beat rhythm, with the legs moving in diagonal pairs. The legs should lift from the ground and not drag; dragging is a sign that the horse has lost the connection, either by dropping behind the contact or by dropping the back and coming above the bit. The frame should stay correct for the level at which the horse is performing; a second level horse will not have the same carriage and lowering of the hindquarters as a grand prix horse. The rein back should be performed in the same balance as the gait the horse was in before the rein back and the gait in which he departs afterward. What makes the rein back complicated - even counterintuitive - is that even though the horse moves backwards, he must remain in front of the rider's seat and legs. The test of whether…

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