Let us look at the paces of the horse and critique what is needed of the rider. The walk and the trot are what I call symmetrical paces. The canter is an asymmetrical pace. The walk is four beat and the horses footfall is even and equal in movement length and at push off. The trot is a two-beat pace. The left/right footfalls also strike the ground opposite but equal in stride length and push off. The rider can count one-two, one-two in time with the footfalls. The canter is a three beat pace. The footfall is asymmetrical. The threetimemovement in not symmetrical, the footfall has a diagonal component and therefore requires the riderhorseback riderto control a rotational movement that is not symmetrical. So Why Train The Rider Unmounted? All sports person will work away from the competition arena. HorsebackRiders certainly do the same. But, riders tend to do hours of the same. It is time to change how you train yourself before you train your horse.