I just read Jean-Claude Racinet's "Falling for Fallacies". My mind is blown, this is the dressage I thought ALL dressage was back in my innocent youth, light handed with the willing cooperation of the horse. As a Forward Seat rider I never got into learning competition dressage because I could never see a way to go from the free forward movement to full collection that did not BREAK the flow of the horse, until I started reading Nuno Oliveira, and now Racinet. I can now see a way to go from full Forward Seat to full collection without compromising my horsie moral code.
If you've read Racinet what are your thoughts on his methods?
The horse ideally SHOULD have a mobile jaw and a wet mouth, just as humans should. The proper (self carriage) causes the matric muscles to pulse on the parotid (saliva) glands which causes the hore to softly chew and swallow. IF the horse has a dry mouth, that is very problematic. If they have an excessively wet mouth (stands of saliva) or too much foam (which) is the sign of a busy tongue), that is problematic. The horse should have a small amount of white foam dripping toward the chin (which also shows the horse is lightly in front of the vertical and SEEKING the hand. The mouth should NOT get more active/anxious in piaffe/etc. Moving lips tends to happen in nervous horses (esp in mares).
Have to say I do not understand how this new form of replys work (vs the old topic lists).
About the flexion in the jaw, it is really more about MOBILITY of the jaw, and (LATERAL) flexion at the atlas axis while being very upright...which is about as far from RK as one can get. It is that which allows the ability to instantly request and allow the horse to go fdo (stretch).