For those of you who drive manual cars this is a really easy way of preparing to ride progressive transitions. (Particularly good for young or unbalanced horses). Imagine you are approaching a junction, you go from fourth gear, third gear, second gear, then stop. it is the same with your transition, prepare, prepare, prepare then execute. The level of training and engagement will dictate how quickly you move through the gears. This should help you get a smooth, balanced transition.