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In Front of the Leg

The beautifully trained dressage horse is so attuned to his rider that he responds to the lightest of aids, appearing to dance of his own accord. But some mounts fall elsewhere on the spectrum—somewhere between a balky Thelwell pony and a speed racer that Just. Won’t. Slow. Down.

The tortoise and the hare actually share the same problem. In dressage terms, they are not in front of the leg.

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