On Classical Equitation
Commentary on French Classical Riding
The reduction of the complex and the vision of simplicity in a myriad of details is why one trains a mind.
Here is the dressage of the true nobility. The barriers to the practice of authentic dressage are not from genetics, but from a failure to find your own nobility
The balance of a dressage which is centered in its own basic goodness is found first in the mind of a mother who creates a cradle of loving kindness in which both human and horse find a luminosity which has always existed.
This is working with what “is”. This is letting appearance appear and what arise to arise. This is the substance of good dressage. Under the movements, under the training, suppleness is the way. We circulate the energy.
For you to find good dressage, you must lay down aggression and find harmony. In harmony, kindness, lightness and gentleness are automatic and are the proof.
It would seem then that the only way to advance our dressage is in finding a singularity of being with the horse based on a harmony of mind and behavior.
There is no method and no credentials which matter more than the engagement in this very moment with the horse.
If there is a dumb animal present in training, you can be certain that it is not the horse.
This way of working with the horse is difficult to grasp but simple enough to practice. Releasing fear is the challenge.
we build a bridge which brings about a relationship based in harmony.
A funny dressage, in the world of the deaf and blind, but a good poet does not mind.
Find the horse’s nature and build your dressage there without deceptions.
Correctness is about a way of moving and being which is congruent with the life force and extended far deeper than physical appearance.
To relate to the horse well is a lot about space which is always present.
Texture and cadence are the path and change remain its nature.
Dressage is not separate from life but a beautiful and simple way to see who and what we are.
….the journey in dressage or the linking of mind to the horse is an understanding rarely found today. It is not so much something we need to create as much as it is allowing ourselves to be a certain way with the horse.
The logical first step in the training of the horse in this organic way is the joining of the two minds. Without such a process, training is reduced to a series of recipes.