"Which Came First, the Lameness or the Lesion?"
Led by Dr. Elizabeth Uhl, UGA CVM Department of Pathology.
Oh, man. This was enlightening.
So here's a rundown: the main gist is that painkillers aren't going to solve your horse's problems. If there is a problem with the way a horse moves or uses his body, he will break down. He will continue to break down until his movement, the mechanics of his movement, are corrected.
When we collect a horse or bring a horse into contact, the spine isn't moving upward nearly as much as we feel like it is. What we feel is thrust. The back end pushes up into the front end, where the legs act like pogo sticks. She mentioned picking up a dog's hind legs and trying to get it to walk forward on its front legs. It isn't natural because the front legs don't pull. They slingshot forward by the force made by the back end.
Dr. Uhl also talked about transverse rotation of the spine. This is the explanation for feeling a shoulder drop or crossfiring. When bending, instead of the vertebrae staying straight, they angle outwards from the top. The correction she offered for this was, under saddle, lots of correct lateral work. In hand, to slow things down, increase balance and correct asymmetry.
|From Science of Motion.|
She studies with Jean Luc Cornille and advised everyone interested to purchase his book/dvd "Science of Motion." It's on my list!
|Tossed in some Georgie and his unicorn.|
→ "As long as you accept that the lameness is incurable, it will be."
→ "When it's right, it's easy."