True forward riding is not measured in extended trot steps; it is measured by the horse’s willingness to move on his own and his ability to cover miles in a steady tempo, with steady ground gaining strides, steady breathing, steady rhythm and steady but light contact. This is the forward of the Old School that nowadays seems to be forgotten or simply pushed aside as an unnecessary time consuming, uneconomical relic of the past. This superbly written article traces the historical basis for true forward riding and the reasons why true collection will never be achieved without it.

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