Let us look at the paces of the horse and examine 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 step length and at push off. The trot is a two-beat pace. The diagonal footfalls also strike the ground opposite but equalin stride length and push off. The rider can count one-two, one-two in count with the footfalls. The canter is a three beat pace. The footfall is asymmetrical. The three beat movement in not symmetrical, the footfall has a diagonal component and therefore requires the rider to control a rotational movement that is not symmetrical. So Why Train The Rider Unmounted? Every sports person will train 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 t rain yourself before you train your horse.