Researchers Go In Search of the Perfect Passage

A horse performing a passage nears the pinnacle of collection perfection at the trot. But is the “ideal” as described by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) really attainable by living, breathing, moving horses? Or, at least, is the ideal what’s most frequently presented by horses and riders in Grand Prix dressage competition?

Recent research from Canada implies it’s not and indicates that, at a very high level of competition, even professional horse and rider athletes don’t consistently achieve the FEI’s definition of a perfect passage. The study’s results were presented as an abs

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