Geometry

Geometry! Not my favorite subject in school but this week Patti has given us the Lens-Artists Challenge of Geometry.

When I thought about it I realized that the discipline of Dressage has a lot of geometry in it. The dressage arena is a rectangle : 20 meters by 60 meters. At the lower test levels circles are 20 meters and then going up the levels they come to 15 meters and then 10 meters and at the most advanced levels 8 meters. The dressage tests require at least one movement where the riders must go diagonally across the arena . At the lower levels the rider goes across on a straight line say from M to K passing through X.

In the advanced tests the rider crosses the arena on a diagonal in a half pass. The Grand Prix requires a trot half pass from K to B and then back from B to H. That is a sharp angle. This is where the horse’s body is bent like a banana and their legs cross. The crossing legs form a triangle! Here are some of those triangles!

In the trot there is a moment when the legs form two triangles.

The horse’s legs form a Square at the halt.

So that is my response to geometry. Thank you Patti for this challenge topic and giving me a chance to show how horses understand Geometry. To see Patti’s Geometry and links to other responses click here : Geometry

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Now that’s maths that I will do. Imagine how many kids would do great in maths if horses were used. So 5 horses minus 1 equals go out & buy another to replace it. I love maths now. lol. Beautiful wonderful photos.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Your comment made me smile. Thanks!

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  2. Anne Sandler says:

    Amazing post Anne! Great explanation and now my head hurts. Remember, I just don’t get geometry! lol. I also thought the pictures were great.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Anne!

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  3. Irene says:

    What a unique take and explanation of geometry. Thinking you just passed geometry with an A++. Nicely done!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Irene!

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  4. pattimoed says:

    Wow, Anne. What a creative post for this week’s theme. I love it!! I never knew the specifics of each move. Now I do! Thanks for teaching us. And beautiful images, as always.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Patti. Thank you for this challenge!

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  5. Love this wonderful pictures, all showing different shapes of horse’s legs. They are truly wonderful companion.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini.

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  6. Lesley says:

    I hated algebra, but I loved geometry and these photos are a joy!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you .So glad you enjoyed them.

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  7. JohnRH says:

    Well! Who knew!! Informative and insightful. Great photos. Well done.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you John.

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  8. dprastka says:

    You are so talented with your beautiful photos. I Love how geometry is represented! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Diana. I appreciate your comment

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  9. Sorry I haven’t commented ❤🙏

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Please don’t worry about it. You are in a huge transition in your life and I do not expect you to have time for comments. But bless you for even thinking you needed to apologize.

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  10. Amy says:

    Love these image, Anne. Beautiful the legs forms, how incredible!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Amy. It gave me a chance to use some of my favorite horse photos.

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  11. Tina Schell says:

    A perfect example Anne. It must be truly counter-intuitive for the horses to form those sharp angles! Your images illustrate the geometry beautifully.The horses are exquisite

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Tina.

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  12. Good eye! Geometry wasn’t my favorite subject, either, but you’ve really spotted all sorts of examples. That shot of the cavalrymen is great, is it Buckingham Palace?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The Horse Guards are at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. They are doing the changing of the Horse Guards and the new group has come up the Mall past Buckingham Palace from the Kensington Barracks. Then the group that is finished their time returns to the Barracks. It is a cool ceremony if you get a chance to see it when in London.

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