Haunches in

Haunches in 1 225x300 Haunches inThe exercise “hindquarter in”, also called travers, is the second most important corner stone in the Academic Art of Riding.


The hindquarter in is a side movement on three or four tracks. The shoulders follow the track along the wall and the hindquarter is bended inwards. In this exercise, the horse is bended laterally from neck to tail. The outside hind leg is stepping under the weight.

Shoulder in and hindquarter-in are closely related exercises that complement each other very well:

  • In shoulder in, the inside hind leg steps under the point of weight.  In hindquarter-in, it is the outside hind leg stepping under the point of weight.
  • In shoulder in, the shoulders are turned inwards,  In the hindquarter-in, the hindquarter is bended inwards.
  • In shoulder in, the inside hind legs step in front of the outside legs. In hindquarter-in, the outside legs (front and hind) step in front of the inside legs.
  • In hindquarter-in, the horse is looking in the direction it is going. In shoulder in, the horse looks inwards while moving straight forward.
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  1.   tina italyon 18 Nov 2010 at 14:14

    you are clear and safe in your explanations. you are sober and essential. that’s a great quality to explain academic exercises. I follow you even in a distance with a lot of interest. thank you to divulgate.

  2.   Liz Quarrieon 15 Mar 2011 at 10:19

    i have watched a lot of your videos including your webinar and read your e-book. the ridden exercises are described in great detail where to position everything whereas the in hand work is said to be very important but doesn’t have the clear instruction. please could you do line drawings as you do with the ridden aids of where the humans body should be positioned in relation to the horse for in hand work for travers and renvers 1/2 pass etc. i feel if i can get travers we will have it cracked for the other exercises as we will have got both hind legs under the horse not just the insidehind so a clear understanding of how to do travers in hand would be the key to unlocking the rest of the journey. maybe even talking through what you are doing for a youtube clip would be an idea as a continuation of the straightness webinar? shoulder in seemed a simple concept or was just a lot easier for my horse maybe?! look forward to hearing from you.

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