In the beginning there was forwards; at least in the perfect beginning.
Forwards, whilst suggestive of movement, is actually for me more of a state of mind and body; it's a willingness, a vibrancy, an energy that can signal an intention to move or signify a certain depth of energy. That moment when a horse at liberty draws himself to his full height, aroused by the scent of another, a whiff on the wind and you sense that at any moment he will explode into movement, that is my essence of forwards. Of course in the beginning there is forwards on a more mundane level and as a trainer it is our job to light the touch paper and create the inner energy that is the real forwards.
to be continued