The Scales of Training are a guide line of for trainers, riders and judges in the basic training of a horse. They are the building blocks to the horse and riders development. Starting with rhythm, then suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness and finally collection.
|Increased engagement, lightness of the forehand and self-carriage. Weight should be on the horse’s hind-quarters.
|Improved spinal alignment and balance. Equal loading, the horse should stay between the rider’s reigns and legs
|Increased energy – lifting and power of the haunches. The hindquarters provide the thrust for the movements
|Acceptance of the bit through acceptance of the aids. Communication through the seat, legs and reigns. Connection
|Elasticity and Relaxation
Lateral and longitude suppleness
|Regularity with energy and tempo
4 beat walk, 2 beat trot, 3 beat canter – consistency