Head and Neck Positions in the ridden horse

Are we deviating from what is considered ‘incorrect’ or behind the vertical? by Tanja Bornmann (MSc Equine Science; qualified equestrian coach), Academic Equitation, Canada. and Dr Jane Williams, Hartpury University, Gloucester, UK, GL19 3BE The dispute about which head and neck position (HNP) in ridden horses should be considered ‘correct’ can be traced back to the renaissance period and persists today. HNPs do not only differ in their aesthetics but some can negatively affect horse welfare. As a matter of fact, scientific evidence indicating compromised welfare of horses ridden in HNPs with their noseline BTV is mounting.[e.g.,1,2] For instance, based...

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