Definition of Terms - ForTheHorse

Definition of Terms

Slide Points™

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Spiral

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Spiral Stabilization

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Place of Potential

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Resonance

Fullness, vibration, pulse, tone, energy, breath

Longitudinal flexion

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Lateral flexion

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Shift

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Movement

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Match

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Block

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Soften

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Head Swirl

Sideways flexion of the atlo-occipital joint where the back of the mandible moves into the space of the salivary glands / guttural pouch.

Posture

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Communication

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Motion

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Conversation

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Routine

The habits we form, the familiar patterns of thought, belief systems, movement, and tasks that make getting through the day require less mindful effort. Our routine can make it either easier or harder to achieve our goals.

 

Hum

Appropriate tensegrity (body integrity and tone, energy) for the Ask. Hum is one step before Flow Movement, what we seek. You need Hum to ride in flow. Hum is the quality of the contact between the horse and rider so...

Slide Points/Spiral/Equal Distribution ➡️Place of Power (body integrity/tone/turgor/energy = rider soundness, rider stability, rider wellness) ➡️ Clarity (Ask - Communication & Movement = conversation, guide) ➡️ Hum (contact quality - on or off body, lightness/messages/lightness feedback loop, Balance) ➡️Flow Movement and Ride (Yay!!, partnership in flow, dancing, ride in flow)

 A reciprocal cycle of energy between horse and rider.

Lateral Motion

This is where the horse steps sideways in reference to its straight-line path. Limbs adduct, abduct - open and close.

Turn

a change off of a linear path, preferably with correct lateral flexion and bend.

Fascia

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Functional Movement

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Dysfunctional Movement

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Contact

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Friction in the movement

Anything that provides a resistance back to you.  It will feel heavy and stiff.

 

Feel of your horse

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Feel for your horse

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And we'll both dance together

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Where rider meets horse

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Where horse meets rider

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Coming through

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Lateral Flexion

Lateral bending in the cervical spine including the Head Swirl.  Also known as Flechi-droit.

Lateral Bend

Lateral bending in the thoracic spine.  Axial rotation of the spine resulting in a sideways bend left or right.  When done correctly, a small amount of rotation and lateral shift occurs in many joints.  When done incorrectly it occurs mostly at the base of the neck (and results in a horse falling out through the outside shoulder).

Lift

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Flow Movement

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Balance

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True Spinal Spiral

Axial rotation of vertebrae such that all rotate in the same direction, resulting in Head Swirl, tipping of dorsal spinous processes at withers slightly to the inside of the bend, inside hip slightly forward.

 

Physical State

What the horse or rider's body is doing. Tensegrity, Slide Points, Spiral may be involved. Preparation (or lack thereof) for movement.

 

Mental State

How present and receptive, or suspicious and resistant, a horse or rider is to inputs/communication from the other.

Emotional State

The emotions that underlie and influence the physical and mental state. Trust, joy, fear, anger, etc.

Longitudinal Bending