What does “neat with his feet” mean?

Neat with is feet. Fred Astaire was very neat with his feet but I am talking about a horse being neat with his feet. For those of you who are in the hunter and jumper disciplines you will know what it means and why it matters. Here is a photographic explanation. Look at Biasini’s front legs . They are neatly tucked up and even. One leg or one foot is not hanging lower, nor is one in front of the other. This is a very small jump but the neat feet still matter. Dropping one leg or foot could result in a trip up over the fence. The end result of a trip up over a fence can be the horse and rider somersaulting to the ground. Disaster! Neat with his feet is important!

Lynsey Rowan took Biasini over a couple of fences this week for a change of pace for him. He enjoys the jumping and it is a break from dressage. Lynsey is riding Biasini in a loose ring snaffle bit. I am lucky to have Lynsey, who is Belinda’s assistant trainer, available to jump Biasini. It has been too many years ago that I was jumping horses and I would not be doing a good job of it if I went back now. Lynsey is a former event rider who now does dressage and at the moment is riding two horses at the top dressage levels. But I think she enjoys popping on Biasini for a bit of jumping.

And now you know the meaning and importance of being “neat with his feet“.

Nancy Merrills Photo a Week Challenge “Motion”

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma Cownie says:

    Biasini looked very fine jumping – he does look like he’s enjoying it!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      He does enjoy it. Nice break from dressage🐎

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        A change is as good as a rest!

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  2. Prior... says:

    loved the new term – thanks
    and nice take on motion – 🧲

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  3. Anne Sandler says:

    Thanks for the education Anne. Biasini is not only beautiful or should I say handsome, he’s also neat on his feet!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he is. Thanks for commenting Anne.

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  4. David says:

    I’ve heard plenty of that through the years. πŸ™‚

    The daughters would have given eventing a try, but there were really not many dressage or cross-country instructors around in our parts when they were younger. They do their own cross-country cross training. Jumps are low.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I used to event at Pebble Beach in California when I was at school there. I loved it and had a fast and fearless horse at the time. Now I only jump the occasional small fallen log out on the forest trails and even that is probably not wise for me but …what the heck. Thanks for commenting David.

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  5. Watched few horse jumping sports in Television, very good to know about it. Enjoyable read

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini.

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  6. You caught the feet neatly. Amazing photo.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The joys of a long lens ! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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  7. dprastka says:

    He is so handsome, and very neat with his feet!! How fun for him, a nice change of pace. 🐴❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Diana. He is handsome and that dressage neck is being used well over the fences too.πŸ˜„

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  8. Foot work is beautiful.

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  9. Never imaged this term was used for horses.
    Hope you are well.
    Enjoy the rest f your weekend.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I wish you good health and a good weekend ! We are all hanging in with another lockdown up here.

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  10. Lesley says:

    Great photos, especially the middle one. He’s so impressive!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I will pass on your compliment to him!🐴

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  11. Never heard the saying, “Neat with his feet” so I learned something new today. I love reading your blog and learning things that are horse related. Horses are awesome!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Cheryl . I’m glad you found the post interesting.

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  12. Megala says:

    It is nice to watch him perfectly neat with his feet.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is.thank you!

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  13. He sure is neat on the feet 😊❀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he is. 🐎

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