Haunches in – History

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Hindquarter-in is already mentioned by Salomon de la Broue (1600) and François Robichon de la Guérinière (1733). Both gentlemen had some doubts about this exercise.

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Guérinière states that the horse, with its head next to the wall, will move more automatically forward-sideward than move between the riders’ aids. When the wall is then removed, the horse will not respond as well because the horse is used to the support the wall provided.

De la Broue has the same opinion and recommend the hindquarter-in only for horses that are heavy in the hand, but in a way that there is always 1.5 meter between the horse and the wall. Both gentlemen recommended the renvers rather than hindquarter-in.

 

Renvers: Variations

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The exercise can be done is walk, trot and finally also in canter.

  • Transitions from hindquarter-in to renvers in walk and trot prepare the horse for the canter change:

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  • Fluent transitions from shoulder-in to renvers improve balance, coordination and suppleness as well as the reaction of the horse to the aids.

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  • Renvers can be ridden on the straight line along the wall, through curves and in a circle.

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  • The old grandmasters used to ride renvers on a circle and gradually decrease the size of that circle until a turn around the shoulders was done. This way they managed to ride canter pirouettes in renvers.
 

Half-pass Variations

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  • The ¼ half-pass leads to the middle of the short side and the horse is less bended in this exercise. The horse goes more forwards than sideward.
  • In the ½ half-pass the horse has a similar bending as on a 10 meter circle. The horse goes as much forward as it goes sideward, thus having equal pushing and carrying capacity in his hind legs.
  • In the ¾ half-pass the horse is more bended and moves to the centre of the long side. The horse goes more sideward than forwards.
  • In a complete half-pass the horse has maximum bending and steps sideward. A little bit of forwards should be maintained so that the outer legs can continue to step in front of the inside legs.
  • It is recommended to practice all variations and not to limit yourself to just 1 variation.
 
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