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10th Jun 2002, 12:55 AM
In my last lesson one of the students horses basculed in the canter transition and the instructor said that was really good and she also said my mare would be up to that soon. The yesterday I think my mare basculed. I basically want to know how to tell if it was it and how can I keep encourageing her to do it.
10th Jun 2002, 09:07 AM
Bascule is where the horse tucks itself up nicely over jumps. It rounds its back, lowers its head, and tucks it's front feet up high.
10th Jun 2002, 12:53 PM
To bascule is, likeShowjumper said, to round over a jump. It could be that the instructor was trying to say that the horse went into a very nice rounded canter (ie using his back end) and didn't just run off on his forehand into canter. As your horse gets more schooled and stronger through her back then she will be able to do that too (hopefully!).
I think that's maybe what the teacher meant, or at least that's what i think the teacher meant!
If your horse is rounding into canter then you will feel a lot of energy beneath you, but you aren't travelling forwards at great speed. you can feel the back legs coming further under the horse and the canter feels calm and relaxed, you should be able to drop the reins and the horse will carry on bowling along without changing rhythm or speed. if that is how if felt then you are there, well done!
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