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Riding

Riding is primary about the perfection of the seat. Over the centuries there has been more horsemanship invented to accommodate a pure seat. There is nothing wrong with this for an amateur rider, but a professional horseman has to own the responsibility for perfecting his seat.

For years, I watched my Dad ride and train horses. His training methods were poor at best, but he turned out quality horses.  After studying his horsemanship, the reason was clear, my father had a world-class seat and since 98% of his horsemanship was riding, the 2% training did not make a difference. Over the years, I have watched riders with quality seat sell horsemanship their seat develop, not they’re training.

Classical horsemanship had a quality process to build a rider seat. It started on a lunge line, and then progressed to outdoor riding. There are so many bottom to top threads in the classical process, it is impossible to understand the art of classical equation, unless you study it within the process. In short a quality seat is the foundation of good riding.

Understanding the horse is far more important for training than for riding.  If you have a quality seat, then understanding the horse allow you to work with the horses natural impulses far better than just being a rider.

“I was striving for in training- an ideal obtained from observing horses at liberty in America and Africa.

Balance is the goal to seek. It is also the stumbling block of the calculators who try to teach equestrian art by theory. Indeed as early as 1776 Dupaty de Clam, a musketeer of the olden time wrote in his thesis at the Academy of Sciences, Literature, and Arts at Bordeaux: “But one cannot hope to teach this tack and delicate discernment which comes from practice only. The art consist of a singular skill and a genius unimagined, much less appreciated by those, by those who do not frequently practice it, little observed by many that do, and often neglected entirely by great scholars. Marvelous and ravishing when seen by knowing eyes, the field is limitless and the classical authors, had they devoted volumes to the subject, could not thereby have produced a single horseman.”  Beudant.

The two primary understandings of horsemanship, the natural horse and balance are understandings you cannot put into words.  These two basic understandings have to be learned by experience and they are connected. You cannot study one without the other.