Monday, January 2, 2012

Footwork on Front Crosses

Daisy Peel stays connected through the crosses.

One of the things we mortals often struggle with is keeping intention and connection going through crosses, especially front crosses. Here, Daisy Peel shows a nice example of how well it can work in this run with her young Border Collie, Juno.

Her footwork is light, and well placed. She stays on her toes and shows intention to the line with every step. In one place she even shows a burst of acceleration in sideways running. Quite a feat.

It's probably no secret that Daisy works very hard on her running style, and it shows here in this video. I suppose the flip side of the coin is that such crosses don't just "happen", but are the result of practice, timing, strategy and of course, strength and fitness.

How much depends on fitness really escaped me until I attended a seminar with Daisy last February. I've been working on it ever since.

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