Cadence, an increased suspension and engagement that allows you to better feel the horse’s natural beat, is developed in the horse’s hindquarters and aided by a supple and flexible spine. You will feel cadence during a trot or canter as opposed to when at a walk: as there’s no suspension during the first gait.
While some horses have natural cadence, others aren’t so lucky. Ready to lift up your ride?
We love this article by Dressage Today on teaching your horse cadence; their first step in teaching cadence is how learning: “[a] rhythmic working trot will lay the foundation for further development of the gaits.” The goal in building a solid foundation for cadence? To one day have the ability to “maintain the same rhythm, freedom, frame and connection,” regardless of the type of trot or canter you’re asking for.
How HorseCom can take this to the next level: you can use the rhythm of the music to ingrain the rhythm and connection between rider and horse. The music will act as a training aid in helping your horse to keep a consistent rhythm, as guided by the music, and will allow you to be fully connected to your horse.
Over the course of rides focusing on cadence, you’ll alternate between riding with music and riding in silence: you’ll be able to see the difference as your horse learns how to ride with the music, developing cadence, and as you know what to look and feel for: horse and rider can replicate the rhythm and sensations when riding without music and still achieve cadence.
In September, if you’re a HorseCom Premium subscriber on our app, you’ll have access to all our exercises, including a great cavaletti exercise to help you work on your cadence with HorseCom!