Objectives of academic art of riding

  • To nurture the horse mentally, reaching its entire trust and to develop mutual communication.

  • To exercise the horse physically, in order to maintain lifelong strength and health.

  • To guide the horse one handed on a plane curb, through all gaits and exercises. The primary aids take place in the rider’s pelvis (physical seat) and the point of weight in the rider’s upper body (static seat). The horse learns to place both hind legs under the point of weight.

  • Secondary aids are given through the reins touching the horse’s neck and the rider’s legs touching the horse’s trunk. Developing the aids out of the rider’s upper legs and out of the entire leg is as necessary as a subtle and targeted shank.

  • The rider’s hand’s most important task is to feel into the horse as an additional aid. A careful contact through the reins into the horse’s mouth and though into the entire horse. Corrections are given softly and as impulse, as all secondary aids, too.

Through the groundwork, the horse learns to understand the different positions of the whip. The whip is considered a prolonged arm, like a conductor’s baton. A physical touch is mostly not even necessary. If horses grow up within a herd, they usually have an easy and nearly natural access to understanding our aids through the position of our body, the whip and our voice which can still be used either from the ground or in riding. Therefore the horse can understand a structure and relevance and adapt to the new situation and aids.

The more the horse listens trustfully to my body, the less I have to use secondary aids, and the more it feels like melting to one body, just like a Centaur ( lat. Centaur”horseman”, a mythological creature with the lower body of a horse and the upper body of a human). It goes without saying that melting is impossible without mutual trust.