(“They have no flat sides.”)
My good friend started riding with a new trainer in town. He has very different ideas and he seems really tough on the horses. My friend’s horse, normally a very nice, quiet guy but a bit limited in the talent department, now is very tense and unhappy looking. Should I say something to her or keep my opinion to myself? I would hate for this to come between our friendship.
(“Ask much. Accept a little. Reward often.”)
(“. . . maybe in bowling or golf or archery . . .”)
(” . . . an infinite number of monkeys . . .”)
BILL—Let’s go to the USDF Glossary of Judging Terms for starters. As is the case with much of our dressage vocabulary, many terms don’t exist in isolation but usually in relation to other ones. CADENCE is defined as “the marked accentuation of the rhythm and emphasized beat that is a result of a steady and suitable tempo harmonizing with a springy impulsion.” [Bold face addition mine] You could imagine it not only visually but aurally—the marked sound of a rhythmical, repetitive drumbeat.
(“Event riders are easier to teach . . . “)
BILL— Okay, after a number of fits and starts I am ready to take a swing at this one.
(“. . . like driv(ing) down the highway through a thick fog . . .”)
(“It’s an easy movement to screw up.”)