- To promote the horse psychologically, to gain its complete trust and to achieve communication with each other.
- To gymnastize the horse in the best possible way in order to strengthen it physically into old age or to positively support physical problems.
- The equestrian goal of academic horsemanship is to lead the horse one-handed (on a bare curb) through the gaits and tours of the high school. Primary aids are given from our pelvis (physical seat) and from the center of gravity in our upper body (static seat). The horse learns to foot under our body's center of gravity - to connect into a balance with the rider.
Secondary aids are given by the reins through touches on the horse's neck and the rider's legs on the trunk. Aiding from our thigh or from the whole leg is needed as well as a gentle, purposefully used lower leg.
The hand feels as a further aid, with careful contact over the reins the mouth or the bridge of the nose and corrects, like all other secondary aids consciously, sensitively and in the form of sensitive impulses.
In basic training, the horse learns the importance of various crop aids during ground work. The whip is used as an "extended arm" like a baton, touch is not necessarily required. If the horse has grown up socialized in a herd, it is easy for him to understand our aids. If I start to work the horse from its back, the whip and voice aids are already familiar to the horse and can be used unchanged from the ground as well as from the horse's back. This makes it easy to make the horse understand what the touches and movements I make on the horse's back mean.
The less I have to use secondary aids and the more my horse listens trustingly to my aids, the more the feeling of merging together arises - like a centaur (Latin Centaurus "horse-man", in Greek mythology a hybrid creature of horse and the upper body and head of a human). However, without trust and relaxation, merging is not possible.