|A Few Animations
to Illustrate Energy Flow
When the horse is relaxed and
appropriately aligned the energy can travel from the horse’s
haunches through its spine and cause the horse to stretch
forward and downward with its head and neck toward the bit. This
preliminary skill stabilizes the horse's spine in preparation
|Click on image to play video
sample of 'Walk on the Buckle'
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In some ways, the principle of energy flow
works much like Newton’s Cradle...
When sufficient energy is sent from behind in a good rhythm,
the horse will reach into the bridle
but only if the horse is mentally and physically relaxed and the
spine is appropriately aligned!
The less energy that is sent from behind, the less the horse
reaches into the bridle.
Sufficient energy, longer
Less energy, smaller swing
Like a Newton's Cradle, when
the horse's spine is out of alignment laterally, the energy does
not make it through to the other side. Instead, the
energy is dissipated and is lost (My
horse Amy was masterful at the 'S'
Likewise, when the horse's
spine is out of alignment longitudinally, (behind the vertical
or above the bit) the energy does not make it through to
the other side. The energy again dissipates and is and lost.
important difference between the horse and the Newton's Cradle
energy doesn’t travel backward through the horse.
Instead, after the energy travels forward from the haunches,
through the horse to the bit,
received and filtered through the rider, who can request more
energy, as needed. In this way, forward energy can become
One other important difference between the Newton's Cradle
and the horse is that...
...the horse’s head doesn’t pop off!
(You may now want to go back and watch the video sample of 'Walk
on the Buckle' again and see if
you can distinguish the flow of energy )