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What causes compromised equine movement?

Many issues can affect an animal’s way of going – for example, pinching of the withers because the saddle is too narrow directly affects the muscles of the shoulder, causing shortening of the horse’s stride.

Meanwhile, soreness or restriction of the back muscles makes it more difficult for the horse to engage his quarters and come onto the bit. According to the Society of Master Saddlers, ‘Unlevelness, even slight, in your horse’s gait, especially behind, can cause the saddle to move or gyrate, thus possibly exacerbating [an] existing problem.’