The Im­por­tance of Rhythm

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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.

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