Monday, March 2, 2015

What is a bascule?

"He has a lovely bascule"

Outside of the horse world, a bascule is a bridge in which one end is counterbalanced on the other.

In the horse world, it's the shape formed by a horse's back as he goes over a jump. A good bascule means that the horse's back is rounded or arched, not hollowed (if a horse jumps with a hollow back it's uncomfortable for the horse, uncomfortable for the rider, and the jump's likely to fall).

This horse has a reasonably good bascule, but could still use to drop his head a little more. Image source: Ronald C. Yochum Jr. via Wikimedia Commons, taken at the Rolex 3 Day Event.

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