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Question #53: I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to improve my rhythm and tempo perception?

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I'm having a really hard time keeping my horse at a slow steady trot because he gradually speeds up and I don't catch it until he's going way faster than he's supposed to be. I've tried counting but I just speed up my counting with my posting speed. Is there anything else I can do? (Erika)


Hi Erika!

This is a great question! Rhythm is SO important in dressage, as rhythm and balance go hand in hand. When the horse is maintaining a good rhythm as he performs movements, you likely have both relaxation and a consistent level of balance.

Let's start by defining both rhythm and tempo as they pertain to riding:


Rhythm
- The regularity of the timing of the sequence of footfalls
Tempo
- The speed of the rhythm

When a horse is having trouble maintaining the rhythm in their gaits, usually one or both of these things is happening - (Click on Question Title above (in blue) to read full answer)


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