Horses often have trouble working forward from their hind end. When they do move with impulsion, you can see their effort by the length of stride they show in the hind legs, demonstrating how "forward" the horse is moving. In pictures, we are looking for the upside-down "V" that their legs show. The two hind legs make one V while the front legs make another V. Ideally, if the hind end is active and strong, both V's should show the same distance between them.

Upside-down "V"s match

Below, find a few more examples. If you have an image you would like to share, upload it to a photo site, and then link to site in the comments below. Try to find photos that show equal distance between hind legs and front legs. Remember that at Horse Listening, all types of riding and disciplines are welcomed.


Muddy day but trucking along from the hind end!


It's even more important to use the hind end going downhill.


All horses can learn to use their hind ends!

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