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"If an animal has not the essential requirement of being always ready to go forward, he is useless, although he may be a perfect picture to look at."
"We can exert no direct action on the shoulders, as we can on the mouth and hind quarters. The impulsion to put them in movement is given by the hind quarters, which are put in action by our legs; and the direction is given by the mouth, which receives the indication of the reins."
"When he's learning how to liven up, I leave it up to the horse where he goes, and this is a real important part because what you're after here is for that horse to liven up in his feet. When you've got the life in those feet working for you, it's a lot easier to direct them."
"Impulsion refers to the 'thrust' coming from the hindquarters."
"...speed and running have nothing to do with impulsion."
"Past and present masters warn that true impulsion will elude the rider who rides with strong or heavy leg aids."
"Superior impulsion is when the horses moves through us with our legs merely defining how he moves."
"True impulsion arises from the initial development of balance."
"The better the back biomechanics, the more the activity of the hind leg causes it to swing — and impulsion is the result."
"Prolonged suspension emanating from a tight back and a slow hind leg has nothing to do with impulsion!"
"For maximum development of impulsion, there must be a like ability to collect."
"False impulsion and artificial suspension come from a stiff back, not an active hind leg."
"Impulsion is one step farther than going forward willingly. It is going forward with springy steps that push the horse lightly off the ground, making him a pleasure to ride."
"A horse must start to balance (carry himself) in order to start to develop impulsion."
"This is what impulsion is — still going forward willingly and relaxed but springing upward with every stride."
"True impulsion does not come from just a mood or an overabundance of energy, but from a development of physical fitness and willing response to the rider's aids."
"The feel of impulsion is more upwardness without loss of rhythm, relaxation and forwardness."
"Before the horse can start to develop impulsion, he must develop more suppleness and balance."