Excerpt from the November 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.
By Rosie Simoes
The six components of the training pyramid are the basis of dressage, which aim to promote correct training and welfare to the animal. The United States Dressage Federation describes this structure as the “physical development through progressive training,” by “increasing throughness and obedience”.
But what do each of the elements mean?
Rhythm (with energy and tempo)
Each gait has a rhythm that must remain pure. The walk is a four-beat gait, the trot is a two-beat gait, and the canter is a three-beat gait. The rhythm of the gait must be clear and the tempo, or quickness of the foot fall, must be consistent and active.
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