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hello ma'am, this horse name is SPRINT CHAMP, a local thoroughbred racehorse. i have seen her keeping her neck flat and galloping while being worked out on the sand track with an exercise rider. it does this mean she's running at her maximum speed? if not, then may i know why is she keeping her neck flat while exercised heavily?

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Rohit,

Horses have two "centers"- their center of gravity and their center of motion.

The center of gravity moves about. When the horse is standing still, it is located vertically from his spine, a few centimeters in front of his rider's knee if the rider is in a generally accepted correct riding position. As the horse accelerates, it moves forward to a certain point. and it alters almost continually throughout the horse's stride.

His center of motion is more static, and is crudely somewhat between his fore and hind limbs.
This center is important for the rider to consider when he needs to correctly influence the horse with his seat, legs, and hands.

When a horse is galloping or moving down a steep hill, he will usually carry his head and neck quite low, partly as a balancing process and partly because the activity of the hocks and quarters will tend to put him into a rounded outline.

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Questions on riding problems, training questions, all levels and all disciplines. Questions on showing and judging. Questions on how to teach, how to teach people to teach and train. Questions on training methods and methodology. The history of horsemanship. Questions on dressage, jumping,western, (all levels)riding techniques, driving. Centered Riding, Certified Horsemanship Association, the Bitless Bridle.

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Teaching all my life. Specializing in "teaching People to Train Their Own Horses", using non-abusive methods. I have certified over 175 instructors. I am a Level IV Centered Riding Clinician, a Master Instructor and Clinician with the C.H.A., and a A.J.A. Judge, certifying n the top third in English and Western. I have apprecticed with Sally Swift, Charles(Chuck) Grant, and Richard Shrake. I am a Bitless Bridle Instructor and have presented at Equine Expos and also assisted Dr. Cook, Sally Swift, etc. Hunt Seat 4-H Chairperson for NY (three years)

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Centered Riding Certified Horsemanship Association Northern Tier Dressage and Combined Training Sierra Club American Humane Society NY Horse Council NY 4-H Volunteer

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PEGASUS PRESS WESTERN HORSEMAN Wrote for BRIDLE WISE for two years EQUINE JOURNAL N.Y. HORSE THOROUGHBRED REVIEW HORSE BITS MANE STREAM

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Degree in English Literature and Journalism Studied at the Northern Equitation Centre in Ormskirk, England Level IV Centered Riding Instuctor Master Instructor and Clinician, Certified Horsemanship Association Bitless Bridle Instructor Level I Reiki

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Several Citations through Volunteer 4-H work 5 Year End Awards from Alabama ToastMasters

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