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Explore the knowledge and teachings of the Old Masters in this well illustrated and easy-to-understand book. The author of this book, Bent Branderup, has dedicated his life to study their teachings and bring this knowledge in an intelligible way back to us.

The Academic Art of Riding is based on the knowledge of the old riding masters, such as Xenophon, Pluvinel, and Steinbrecht. It is rooted in the belief that one must train one’s horse not only physically, but also mentally, according to the motto: “Two spirits who want to do what two bodies can”. Fine communication with the horse as a partner is not only the way to accomplish this, but also the result. The described gymnastic exercises are made to build up the horse and keep it healthy.

With this book, the ambitious leisure rider gets introduced to the Academic Art of Riding. Starting with the horse’s basic training and work in hand, the reader also gets insight into lateral movements, piaffes and exercises above ground. Furthermore, methods for training and physiotherapy for horses in need of correction, as well the correct seat of the rider, are described.

From the contents

  • The seat of the rider
  • Equipment of horse and rider
  • Training for young horses
  • Training and physiotherapy for horses in need of correction
  • Work in hand
  • Classical High School movements
  • Airs above ground
  • A checklist allowing the rider to assess their horse
Author Notes: Bent Branderup has been a keen student of the “Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre” in Spain, Nuno Oliviera in Portugal and Egon von Neindorff in Germany. He teaches advanced and ambitious leisure riders in the art of Academic Riding., lately also via online-classes. Furthermore, he has published several books and movies about horse training and Academic Art of Riding. Regularly, he gives speeches at the “Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung” in Warendorf, Germany. He lives in Denmark together with his horses and dedicates his time to training horses and study the Old Masters.

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