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Bend and movement patterns in the traversal
Cross the legs at the traversal

The traversal (engl. Helped pass , French. Appuyer ) is in the art of riding a forward sideways movement in the (assembled) trotting or galloping , the Travers comparable, but along a diagonal line, wherein the body aligned parallel to the long side of the horse- is. The horse is in the direction of movement detected and bent and crossed over in each case the inner front and rear leg. The traversal is one of the side aisles . From the point of view of movement, traverses, renvers and traversals are to be regarded as one lesson, which is also expressed in the term "traverse-like positions".

Importance in dressage

Traversals are part of every demonstration of a school horse , in particular every freestyle , and prove on the one hand "the apparently playful approach to propelling aids", i.e. i. the permeability , and on the other hand, "from a purely aesthetic-artistic point of view, express the overall picture of the unity rider-horse inspired by a will in a particularly convincing way".


Requirements for the traversals are Travers and Renvers:

"Only when the rider and horse have achieved the necessary safety when riding travers and renvers along the gang should the traversals begin."

The inner ischium is increasingly charged, the inner leg is situated on the belt, ensures the ribs bend (which, incidentally, is missing from the photo), and the activation of the inner rear foot. ("Inside" of course means the concave side of the bend, so here the side of the direction of movement.) The outer leg lies behind the girth and drives the horse forward and sideways. The inner reins was followed up, provides the horse and acting sideways facing (engl. "Direct pure" fr. "Rêne directe"). The outer, holding rein limits the position of the horse and can support the outer thigh when driving sideways (French "rêne intermédiaire" or "rêne d'action latérale").

A prerequisite for changing direction between two canter traversals is mastery of the flying canter change .

Individual evidence

  1. Seunig, p. 129
  2. Seunig, p. 334
  3. Guidelines , p. 63
  4. Guidelines , p. 61


  • Guidelines for riding and driving. Vol. 2: Advanced training . Published by the German Equestrian Association (FNverlag) Warendorf 12th edition 1997, ISBN 3-88542-283-2
  • Waldemar Seunig , From the paddock to the caper. The training of the riding horse. With an afterword by Bertold Schirg. 2. Reprint of the edition Berlin 1943, Hildesheim etc. 2001 ( Documenta Hippologica ), ISBN 3-487-08348-5

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