As­pects of Straight­ness

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The USDF Glos­sary of Judg­ing Terms de­fines the as­pects of straight­ness as:

1. Proper align­ment of the horse’s body parts from tail to poll (e.g., not a popped shoul­der or twisted neck).

2. On straight or curved lines, par­al­lel­ism of the horse’s lon­gi­tu­di­nal axis to the line of travel, with the hind hoof prints in line with the front hoof­prints (e.g., haunches not left or right of centerline or cir­cle line).

3. In two tracks/lat­eral work, par­al­lel­ism of the horse’s lon­gi­tu­di­nal axis to the line of ref­er­ence (e.g., haunches not lead­ing or trail­ing in leg yield).

4. Direct­ness of line of travel—the horse not de­vi­at­ing or wan­der­ing left or right of the de­sired path of travel (weav­ing).

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