What is bend in horse riding?

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Confused about bend and whether you're doing it right with your horse? Here, we explain what exactly bend is. 

Bend is where the whole of your horse's body is uniformly bent to follow the line of a circle or a turn.

Imagine looking from above at you and your horse on a circle. The bend from his nose to tail should be an equal curve, like sitting in the middle of a half moon.

Imagine your horse is a millipede. His whole body tracks section by section along the same line, methodically, as opposed to a large truck which has limited flexibility which when it's turning the tail end swings out.

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