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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 29, 2011 10:05

Rhythm refers to the regularity of the steps or strides in each gait: they should cover equal distances and also be of equal duration.  For example, in working trot, the step taken by one diagonal should cover the same amount of ground as the other, and the beat should be regular.  To be able to judge the correctness of the rhythm, the trainer needs a good understanding of how the horse moves in the basic gaits.  Count your horse's strides, are they consistent and of equal duration (much like a dancer counts steps).