Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training/engaging hindquarters meaning

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hello ma'am, can you please tell me what does "engaging hindquarters" mean? does this term give a good meaning in thoroughbred horse racing?

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Rohit,

Engaging the haunches or hindquarters of the horse means that the horse is able to lower
his haunches, using them more as pushing power. Correct training enables the horse
to become stronger, better balanced, and able to increase his pushing power.

Race horses push strongly from their haunches, where their "motor" is, but it has a different meaning when you are talking about dressage horses and their training. When they are able to engage their haunches, they can lift and lighten their forehand, and eventually
strengthen their back, muscles, and entire bodies.

Dressage is aimed at keeping a horse strong, fit, and balanced into his later years.

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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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