USDF Def­i­ni­tion of “Through­ness”

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“Through­ness” is the sup­ple, elas­tic, un­blocked, con­nected state of the horse’s mus­cu­la­ture that per­mits an un­re­stricted flow of en­ergy from back to front and front to back, which al­lows the aids/in­flu­ences to freely go through to all parts of the horse (e.g., the rein aids go through to reach and in­flu­ence the hind legs). “Through­ness” is syn­ony­mous with the Ger­man term “Durch­laes­sigkeit,” or in English, “through­let­ting­ness.”

Mica Mabra­gana rides In­fanta from the in­side leg to the out­side rein on a pre­cise cir­cle to de­velop through­ness. The cylin­dri­cal shape of the out­side of the horse’s body is a sign of through­ness.

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