[QUOTE=~*~anebel~*~;835168...No, I don't run my horses down to get them to relax. Ride rhythmically and it relaxes the horse, as per the German scale. To ride rhythmically one does not have to go lap upon lap around the arena until the horse is exausted. One simply has to ride in balance and influence the balance of the horse until he is in a rhythm. This "system" or "pattern" naturally relaxes the horse because they are a creature of habit. [/QUOTE]
I apologize, I misunderstood. I can only guess, sometimes, what a someone says by comparing it to what I see around me, and I compare you with the very good riders and very nice horses. Most of them follow the rhythm-first, and while their horses move extremely well, they do seem to have to drill, going round and round mechanically, for relaxation? I know I heard one of them talk about Muscle Memory. I haven't seen too many very tense horses; but I've seen nice horses become rather dull. But that's another story, I guess.
I think the original topic was which method one preferred, or both. It's nice that horses can learn from practically any method, so long as it's consistent. It might take longer one way than the other, that's all. As for the discussion on tense horses, I don't think that's an "error" on the trainers' part: a fiery, active, full-powered action is what is wanted. How "relaxed" is "not enough impulsion"?