Academic Art of Riding
When in 2004 I found the book by Bent Branderup, it, or more it's
subtitle "For the ambitious leisure rider", totally changed
my approach to riding: suddenly it was thinkable even for me, an
ordinary spare-time rider, to actually get near the lessons of the
high school of riding!
there was not solely the way over the traditional academies Vienna,
Saumur, Jerez or Portugal, but from now on I could hope to learn some
pieces like the best did for centuries myself . Beside my work and
all the other duties, in my own limited speed, with the simple means
I only had at my disposal! Thus it became for me the most valuable
book of my lifetime!
most important lessons I learned during the last years:
don't show any pain if it is not sheer overwhelming! It would mean
sure death for a flight animal to openly show the predators any
So we must search consciously everyday for the
slightest signs of discomfort, as every time we notice s.th., there
will be considerable pain already!
If a horse doesn't
understand a softly given aid, it absolutely won't help to give it
lessons are there for the horse and not the horse for the lessons!
They shall make the horse fit in every aspect (psychic and bodily)
and so enable it's use in the highest degree.
very nice saying: Until the age of 6 he is the friend of your foe,
after that he is your friend and from the age of 12 he will a horse
See also "Research" here
I use the Full Potential of My Knabstrupper Horse?
my account of the potential the Knabstrupper owns, one might be
astonished that this horse is suitable for nearly everything
(naturally only for home-use as a recreational horse as it is
naturally not capable for high-end disciplines: he would never win a
high-jumping show or a trotting race championship!).
one owns such a diversely suitable horse, it naturally is very
tempting to use it in every direction: one time as carriage puller,
another time as show jumping horse, the next for a fox hunt with not
to big barriers, next as dressage horse and again as a distance horse
(so as a real multipurpose horse).
in spite of all these theoretically possible kinds of usage, you
should always keep in mind, that some of them might bring
(sometimes nearly unrepairable!) disadvantages for the others with
Should somewhere along the road I might decide the ultimate
aim for me will be dressage or even the academic art of riding, I
might have to change my horse severely and might regret producing
some mistakes hard to correct.
biggest mistake is a hard hand or bit: any usage with relies on
producing great push evocates a massive force of the hand on the
Horse's mouth: I don't know of any show jumping or hunting rider who
in his way of riding can direct his horse with his seat alone and
without significant force in the mouth! Carriage driving creates
massive forces on the mouth, too!
soft and unmolested mouth will enable the rider to reach the desired
lightness and comfort in dressage much more easy and earlier!
within the baroque types of riding there are (sometimes forever
is nothing better to attract notice as the controlled rearing of one's horse; the
solid built Knabstrupper makes it a fairly safe movement and it is
quite easy to train (easiest to a stallion).
during the last years it became increasingly clear to the riders of
the academic art of riding that a horse trained to rear (today mostly
called “Pesade”) will render it unable for the future to perform
a “Levade”(at least a persistently good one). The rising even
worsens the gallop and makes training for a school-halt much harder.
problem partly arises and is aggravated through the name-switching
of the lessons: The (good/deep) Levade derives from the word
levieren, which means rising. Whereas the word Pesade derives from
posing, originally meaning the deep set lowering of the hindquarter
with the forefeet leaving the ground additionally
think, we should never use the word “Pesade”, every reference to it in future should be simply
as “Rearing” which clearly labels it as harmful.
Also, because the word "Levade" produces a totally incorrect inner
picture, ich propose a "clean-cut" here, too: the substitution through
the word "Posade" , because the inner picture of a lesson a
rider has formed influences the learning and performing of this movement very much.
In my opinion this is hippologically the only clean solution, even if it
will not be easy for several riders (as "Rising" sounds much mightier than
of Riding for Cross-Country
special bonus for the recreational rider is the substantial rise of
quality while riding cross-country in form of security-gain, comfort
and calmness. A horse which doesn't react on the rider only from fear but is begged
softly by his rider to cooperate as the academic art of riding
teaches us, will in a case of emergency turn to it's rider trustfully
for help and guidance and not give in to the possibly greater fear of
other things than the the rider's violence and run away.
turnable, schooled horse allows the closing of gates from the saddle,
is very comfortable to sit, and its “durability” is far higher due
to the enormous safety in footing as result of putting more and more
weight on the hind legs.
in an emergency the necessity arise to overcome a barrier, a high
schooled horse has got much more power and precision in the hind legs
to perform a jump providedit is not to high or wide for its shape and educational stage.