10 Form Tai Chi
Part 4 (Parting the Horse’s Mane)
Part the horse’s mane is sometimes called “reach for the mail and pet the dog.” Be careful not to let the forward arm go too far to the side. It should remain in a very relaxed and powerful position as it should in “reverse reeling forearms.” Think of the arm movement as reaching forward rather than swinging sideways. The rear hand drops to a comfortable position with the arm relaxed and hanging naturally at the side. Very little effort is required to “sit the wrist” so the palm is facing down.
The bow stance should not be too narrow, and the hips should square with the weighted leg. When this is done correctly, the lead thigh should be doing all the work, and the rest of the body will be quite relaxed.