Riders who want to develop their horse to the highest possible level when it comes to dressage, and who are not interested in sports, competitive or modern dressage or natural horsemanship, will often be attracted to the principles of the old grandmasters and their ‘classical’ way of training horses.

lateral movements overview 637x1024 What is the difference between the Academic Art Of Riding and...Nowadays, there are many classical styles available under the names:

  • Classical riding
  • Classical dressage
  • Classical equitation
  • Classical horsemanship
  • Classical art of riding
  • Academic art of riding
  • Academic riding
  • Art to ride
  • Art of riding
  • Art of horsemanship
  • Artistic dressage
  • Equestrian art
  • Baroque riding
  • Renaissance riding
  • German dressage
  • French dressage
  • Spanish riding
  • Italian school
  • Working equitation
  • Vaquero riding
  • Etc.

All of them follow the logical system of progressive exercises, where they use the exercises such as circles, shoulder-in, haunches-in (travers), renvers, half pass, and pirouette, practiced in the different gaits, and in more or less collection or extension.

Nowadays, the average rider has no access to the traditional, academic, royal or military European riding academies, so riders must find other ways to learn how to apply the logical system of gymnastic and progressive exercises to develop a horse.

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horizontaalscheef 300x212 System of stages of ever increasing exercisesIf we would like to ride a horse we should be aware of his natural asymmetry. The natural imbalance is one of the dimensions of natural asymmetry:

In a state of rest, due to the significant excess of weight of head and neck, the fragile front legs carry a much heavier load the the hind legs. This is called the natural balance of the horse.

Collection 300x225 System of stages of ever increasing exercisesNature has equipped the hind quarters not only with greater strength in the skeleton, but also with very powerful muscles. It’s therefore healthier for a horse to carry his own body and the rider’s weight mostly with the flexible hind legs rather than with the fragile front legs. This is called the riding balance of the horse.

So when we would like to ride a horse it’s important:

  • to give attention to working the hind legs
  • to displace the horse’s center of gravity from the shoulders to the haunches.
  • to develop the riding balance of the horse, where the horse carries more weight with the hind legs than the fore legs.

To do this we use a system of stages of ever-increasing exercises.

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