Kjrsos Course Catalogue
Program: The Study of Healthy Movement of the Horse
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Course: Healthy Movement of the Horse
Level 1 Course
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The Study of Healthy Movement of the Horse | The Delicate Intricacies of The Walk

The walk is the most complicated of all the gaits having both a diagonal and a lateral component. It is what we often refer to as a gait of healing.  Because of the intricacies of the walk, it can be the one that is most difficult to have a full and complete understanding of.  But it is the one that is perhaps most important to understand so that we can fully utilize it as a gait of health.

The walk is unique among all the other gaits because it is here that we can return to again and again to return the horse to good movement.  Bring back mobility to the spine and the cervical vertebrae.  What we mess us elsewhere we can quickly return to health here.

Introduction to the Kjrsos Course | Intricacies of the Walk

 The Walk is an incredibly complicated movement.  Arguably the most complicated of any of the gaits.  The horse transitioning between diagonal, opposite, and lateral, same side, leg support.  He transitions between two and a three legs of support.  This intricacy complicates.  It complicates the timing of our aids, it complicates the flow of energies moving through the horse's body. 

"In the walk, all four legs move separately. Beginning with the hind leg, the sequence is; near-hind, near-fore, off-hind, off-fore. In the walk the horse has never less than two legs in support at the same time; there never occurs any moment of suspension."

It sounds so simple and yet it is anything but...  the complications are endless, the design truly astounding.   

So let us begin by discovering the complications that exist.

Pure healthy movement in the horse involves the entire horse, his entire body is involved in the sequence.  Watching a healthy body, one that has no restrictions shows us how soft the neck can be especially close to the shoulder blade and can also show us the full range of movement and engagement of the head and neck as part of the entire movement. Show us the connections that exist between all parts of the body. It is extremely difficult to find really good examples of a released neck, as, as soon as we

"In the walk all four legs move separately. Beginning with the hind leg, save the near Hind , the sequence is; near-hind, near-fore, off-hind, off-fore. In the walk the horse has never less than two legs in support at the same time; there never occurs any moment of suspension.

When we surprise the horse, When they approach but are not sure, they prepare.  They prepare to continue to approach but flee at the same time.  Because they approach they face us.  Because they are ready to flee, they balance up, ready to spring aside.  Within these two competitive drives, between these two dynamic

The walk is unique in many ways and in this regard, it is unique again as it is the only gait that is NOT a gait of impulsion.

"A series of experiments was performed to describe the kinematics of the fore and hind limbs during walking and to measure adaptations in limb function in response to changes of walking speed.

The walk is a four-beat gait in which each limb contacts the ground separately at intervals of approximately 25% of stride duration.

Each limb is grounded for a relatively long period (60% of the stride), with the horse being supported alternately by two limbs or three limbs.

Flexion and extension of the elbow and hip joints are responsible for