Everybody agrees that you should ride a horse from back to front, but a lot of riders find it difficult to decide if they really do it themselves.
If you ride your horse from back to front, you can feel a connection from the hind leg trough your hand to the mouth of your horse, where your horse wants to take your hand in a forward-down direction.
Luckily there are several signs which indicate if you ride your horse from back to front.
Or the opposite, from front to back.
That last one has the following signs:
- Your horse hollows his back slightly, the croup comes up and the hind legs don’t come under the body well enough
- An elevated, shortened neck, with a bend between the 2nd and 3rd cervical vertebra (false bend)
- Lateral walk
- Extra use of the front leg, while the hind leg stays behind and slows down (broken diagonal)
- Four beat canter
- Behind the vertical
So you want to avoid the above signals, but these things can happen.