The Importance of Rhythm
Riding through the numbers (see p. 31) is a rhythmical process, and rhythm is the key to relaxation. If you don’t have a relaxed rhythm, the horse cannot change his body the way he needs to in order to collect and compress. So concentrate on the regularity of the rhythm and tempo as you do this exercise. If you don’t have comfort at a certain level, then you don’t have permission to go further. It’s that simple. This method gains more throughness, better rhythm, more time for the horse to feel and understand the transition of developing compression in a gradual way.