Another cause of crookedness
“Straighten Up and Ride Right” (EQUUS 447) made me think about how sometimes crookedness may not be the fault of the rider or saddle. It could be that the horse’s feet are not trimmed correctly.
Once, I was present when a friend of mine was giving riding lessons to a young girl on her own horse, and he kept telling her to straighten her saddle and sit up straight. After her lesson I asked him to put her horse in cross ties. Then I got a mounting block and put it behind the horse. This horse had a dark dorsal stripe, and looking down at his back, it looked like a serpentine diagram! When I asked my friend to look, he was amazed. I also told him to hold the mane to one side and look at the