Based on the teachings of the great past masters in the
art of riding, Bent Branderup offers us a unique insight into the world of dressage.
Influenced by a number of these scholars of classical riding, ranging from Xenophone (400 AD) to Pluvinel, Newcastle, François Robichon de la Guérinière, von Weyrother and many more, he provides us with a contemporary interpretation of their teaching and the lessons that emerge still hold within them the knowledge and wisdom of centuries past.
This education in the work of the past masters of the art allows us to access a great variety of valuable lessons, and we learn how to apply them, what they mean, and what it is that they are meant to achieve. This presents anybody who is regularly finding themselves asking questions in their work with horses with a vast field of study to enjoy and engage with.
For me, in the beginning, the Academic Art of Riding
helped me to understand physiotherapy, and offered a form of preventive medicine for my horse. One might say I was learning from home. This training we have the opportunity to enjoy is not merely
focussed on the moment but instead offers a holistic view, and a great variety of perspectives emerge depending on the needs of the individual horse and rider combination involved.
However, a consistent element for anyone receiving this
training is that lessons are applied so that both the horse and the rider profit intellectually and physically. Dressage is never seen as an end in itself and time is not of the essence
“Two minds must want to achieve what two bodies are able to achieve”
Identifying and minimising weaknesses in the horse and
the rider, working calmly to resolve problems, understanding how to coordinate ourselves and our horse – this is where the focus lies.
The primary goal must be to work towards understanding
the mental and physical development of the rider and the horse as a process of holistic training.
The Oberreiter (Chief Rider) von Weyrother and the brown Lippizaner stallion Conversano Animosa (born at the Imperial Stud of Koptschan), coloured engraving after Sigmund von Perger (1815)
My paint horse mare Miss sweet Honey born in 1994
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