Relaxation

 

Relaxation

Relaxation means that the horse can be easily guided with little effort.

 
Lusitano-037Relaxation means that the horse can be easily guided with little effort.   Its gait and general appearance shows that the animal is relaxed and knows what he is doing and will do on the slightest indication from the rider.   There is nothing tense about him or the rider either.   They move with rhythm and effortlessly complete every routine.
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Lusitano-055Relaxation also includes keeping the same space and movement while moving in any direction showing no special efforts.   The horse breathes normally and his body moves smoothly with no jerky movements or sudden changes of speed or tempo.   His legs always lift to the same height.   He is able to maintain his movement rhythm too.   Watching this horse is like watching a professional ballet dancer perform his moves without apparent effort or even consciousness of what he is doing.   The routines and movements are natural to the horse at this stage.
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