Word of the Week – Basics

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BASICS – The basics form the correct foundation of the progressive training of the horse, independent of the execution of specific test movements.  The basics include: pure rhythm with suitable tempo; relaxation/suppleness/elasticity/looseness; correct contact/connection; impulsion, straightness, and longitudinal balance suitable to the level and exercise – in other words, all the criteria of the Pyramid of Training/Training Scale

Correctness of the basics is indicated by the preservation and/or improvement in:

  1. the purity and quality of the gaits and paces
  2. the gymnastic ability and physique of the horse, and
  3. the horse’s attitude and rideability

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