Making Sense of Equine Anatomy and Movement
Knowing the basics of skeleton and muscles, and how the body is designed to function, helps you to help your horse to lifelong healthy living. A balanced, comfortable body results in smooth, athletic movement; a calm and attentive mind; and an open and trusting heart – ready for a great partnership.
Emotional states strongly affect our body image and movement. Imagine the appearance of someone whose back hurts, who’s frightened, or angry; on the other hand, imagine the look of a person laughing with a friend, riding their favorite trail, or accepting an award. Humans and horses share similar emotions, and our bodies speak the same language.
A good way to start: practice looking at the details of a horse’s shape and movement here: [“Read Your Horse’s Body Language”].