For starters, My background is not dressage, I started western, then switch to english and acquired an OTTB. Said TB and I started in the hunters, have moved to jumpers and will hopefully event this summer. We've done a few local dressage shows at training level, but I ride at a HJ barn and there is not much emphasis on flatwork.
So my question, is what is the difference between a shoulder in and a haunches out? Direction of bend? Aids? I realized that although I can move his haunches in and out, my trainer refers to the latter as a shoulder in. Which is correct?
Additionally, any suggestions for things I should be practicing, so far our repertoire includes baby turns on the fore/hind, shoulder in/haunches in/out, leg yielding, counter canter and flying changes. I'm sure it's not up to pure dressage standards, but its there.
Sooooo, is a SI just a HI in reverse? In other words, if you were SI tracking right, and ONLY reversed direction, would you then be doing HI?
First, the question was about haunches OUT, not Haunches IN.
Second, if you are doing it going down an arbitrary line, haunches IN RIGHT is "the same" (except for the track) as Haunches OUT (Renvers) LEFT, and nirror image (except for the track) of Haunches OUT RIGHT.
But neither the same, not mirror image, of shoulder in in either direction.
Look at the figures in the rule book
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Horse is tracking straight ahead and to do SI you bend the shoulders in - rest of horse stays on the track.
To do haunches out, the horse tracks straight ahead and you bend the haunches out, rest of horse stays on track.
SI - you bend the front.
HO/HI - you bend the back.
In S/I the shoulders move in from the track. The hindquarters move staight ahead, on the track. In both H/I and H/O (renvers), the shoulders proceed straight but the hindquarters proceed on either a track away from the wall( H/I), or a track toward the wall(renvers). Renvers (H/O) being ridden with the forehand on a track a few lines from the wall. Unless, of course you are riding the quarter line and switching from renvers to travers, with a few strides of S/I thrown in as a suppling exercise.
Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.
Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.
It's always interesting how confusing these movements can seem to be. First the simplification, there are only possible 4 lateral movements ,two which involve the shoulders and two which involve the haunches. In the absence of an arena,and say you ride in the middle of a desert without definitive borders the shoulders can only deviate to the left and to the right. Same with the haunches which can only displace to the left or to the right. The 'right' and 'left'we speak of here is relative to the straight line on which we ride in the desert. There can be no 'in' or 'out'. Exactly the same if we reverse the direction of the horse (a reciprocal direction). Now if we choose to ride a circle in our desert either, to the right or the left, then immediately there becomes an inside and an outside of that circle. The shoulder or haunch displacements we mentioned as being to the right, or to the left, simply change their names to shoulder-in if the displacement is to the inside of the circle or shoulder-out ( a fancy name called counter shoulder-in is used) if the shoulder displacement is to the outside of the circle. Same with the haunches; if the haunch is displaced to the inside of the circle it's called haunches-in (the fancy name for that is travers) and if it's displaced to the outside of the circle it's haunches-out (the fancy name being called renvers). Now if we ride inside an arena with four sides those four sides for the purpose of terminology mimic a circle. There's shoulder-in and counter shoulder-in and travers and renvers in relation to the lines formed by the arena. The shoulders and haunches however are simply only moving to their left, or their right, whatever the fancy name is. Now if we ride a straight centre line in the arena it's the same as riding that line in the desert. You either have left shoulder displacement or right shoulder displacement. For convention they are called right shoulder-in or left shoulder-in. For the haunches there is no convention as to what the displacements are called and so they are either haunch displacement left or right,just as we were in the desert.
Secondly,to complicate the thinking, to transition from shoulder-in, in an arena, to travers the rider's legs only need change their emphasis but not their position while the horse must change it's legs to allow for the reversal of their crossing.
To transition from shoulder-in to renvers requires the rider to reverse the position of his legs while the horse is not required to alter the crossing of it's legs.
If there are therefore only 4 lateral movements (half-pass is a variant of travers), two each to the horse's left and to it's right involving either the shoulders or haunches then, in an arena, whilst riding travers (haunches-in) along the wall if we were to have the horse and rider combination picked up and set down going exactly in the opposite direction,without changing the bend, then we would be riding renvers (haunches-out).
It is of course, I would agree, most important to understand the usefulness of these gymnastics but until we know what they're called, and how to ride them, it's difficult to do that,
Hope this helps.
look in the above link read bottom part page one and read link 8 9 10 11
they are all about information of the si and ly and hI
read jane savoire topic and also link 6 has diagrams of all movements
of the si hi and ly
SI - you bend the front.
HO/HI - you bend the back.
A bit too simple for me. Ah, where is the old Dressage and CT magazine when you really need it. The biomechanics series in that journal were great. To be really technical, the horse is not really capable of "bending" through the rib cage/thoracic spine to a significant degree. So you can't really "bend the front "or "bend the back" conceptually speaking. Most of the apparent bend in shoulder in is from the freedom of the shoulders moving on the rib cage. Most of the apparent bend in renvers or travers (haunches out/in) is from the freedom through the hips, pelvis and stifles allowing the crossover of the hind legs. This is why these exercises are all developed slowly and by degrees, gradually suppling and allowing more apparent "bend" which comes from the stretching and strengthening of the various muscles allowing lateral movement and crossover. And why we start with an easier suppling exercise like leg yield before we ask for more stretch and bend as required in renvers, travers, shoulder in and half pass.
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To be really technical, the horse is not really capable of "bending" through the rib cage/thoracic spine to a significant degree. So you can't really "bend the front "or "bend the back" conceptually speaking.
Conceptually speaking - in order to bring the shoulders "in" you would have to bend the spine in FRONT. Similarly the same would happen in Renvers in the BACK. Nobody made any reference to the thoracic spine, on which you should be sitting.
The concept IS pretty simple, unfortunately people seem determined to complicate the issue.
The term Haunches out does not exist in the Dressage vocabulary.
There are many words that we use as description that "do not exist in the Dressage vocabulary". However, in order to teach/explain to a beginner the description of a movement makes a whole lot more sense than a "term" expressed in a foreign language. These "tems" for the most part just serve to intimidate beginners and complicate the issue, whilst feeding "superior" egos.