Dimensions: 7 tall x 12 long inches
As I learned to help Relámpago I knew it was important for me to have a better understanding of his anatomy and how that was affected by his lifestyle and training. This lead me to sculpt the long and low position of the early stages of traning as dipicted in the sculpture in the bottom left of the image. I did this so that I could study how the musculoskeletal structures were put together and affected by the desitions I was making in his everyday life.
There is a lot of contriversy around the Long and Low position when training a horse so I began researching the horse's natural grazing behaviors that later produced this sculpture. I wanted the truth about how the horse moves. I wasn't interested in what was popular or winning at the shows.
I slowly learned how modern training in fact controdics the horse's natural movement and works agains his natural biomechanics resulting in many behavioral and physical issues in order to achieve the populare look reworded in most competitions.
I learned to identify healthy muscular development and connect that with his changing behaviors. This process tought me to slowdown and listen to what he had to say and to act in a mutually beneficual maner that helped him progress. Though "slow" by the standards of the horsemen and women around me I could see the lasting affects I was having on his wellbeing.
The more I learned the harder it was to find ethical equestrians among my small circle of horse people. Fortunatly I found groups of people who understand how important it was to work within the natural peramiters of the horse's body and to allow the horse to be a participent in his daily training.
Long and Low is the birth of Sculpture Equine Anatomy and the education it provides to equestrians worldwide.