It is not correct when the horse is behind the vertical.
I have a horse that tends to go behind the vertical. It hurts me, it gives me gray hair and it makes the training extremely difficult.
We all know that it is not correct when the horse goes behind the vertical, avoids the bit and are curling. But what is it in the training that causes this to happen? There are a lot of horses working like this.
We often see really good horses in the championships for young horses doing it. We see the jumpers do it and we see horses do it for the Olympics and World Cup dressage. But it is still not correct and we all know that.
Often it happens with hot, very forward going and nervous horses. Many times the horse begins to do this because the rider holds back with a hard hand. Or the young horse has been trained with tight side reins. It can also happen for horses who are ridden with draw reins. Or for horses that are being ridden with leverage bits or very thin bits. But it can also happen because people do not understand the importance of getting the horse to work over its back. In the beginning of the training the horse must learn to stretch down and out.