Tact (riding)

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Training scale of the FN


Tact is the spatial and temporal uniformity of all steps, steps and jumps. The rhythm must be given and maintained in all tempos - work pace , reinforcement and assembly. The beat is the first point on the training scale . The other points on the training scale are based on the clock. In order to be able to judge the rhythm of a horse, one needs a basic knowledge of the basic gaits of the horse.

With a horse walking in rhythm, the equilibrium is not only maintained in a straight line, but also in all transitions and turns.

The rhythm must correspond to the respective pace . The walk is four-stroke, the trot is two-stroke and the canter is three-stroke.

Reaching / consolidating the beat

Training basics that are necessary for riding / driving at regular intervals include the following.

  • by maintaining a certain basic pace adapted to the respective horse
  • steady drift
  • soulful, soft rein aids
  • ride in self-holding
  • smooth entry into the movement of the horse by swinging in the middle position of the pelvis

Clock error

Causes of clock errors can include the following.

  • excessive hand influence ( lameness )
  • too little driving help
  • misunderstood forward riding (hasty movement, rhythm disturbances)
  • physiologically incorrect posture of the horse (absolute straightening, rolling cure )


Approaches for counteracting timing errors include the following.

  • solving exercises with frequent transitions
  • Checking the self-retention
  • lunging
  • Cavaletti work
  • Jumping gymnastics, riding in the field

Individual evidence

  1. Waldemar Seunig: From the paddock to the caper. The training of the riding horse . With an afterword by Bertold Schirg. 2. Reprint of the edition Berlin 1943, Hildesheim etc. 2001 ( Documenta Hippologica ), ISBN 3-487-08348-5