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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

There is a training scale in classical horse training through which all well-prepared horses are taken to unlock their full potential. The scale is often depicted in the form of a pyramid, beginning at the base with rhythm and culminating … Continue reading

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Calm, Forward, Straight

As a living, breathing human being, you are an animate creature, capable of orienting in, being motivated by and coloring your expression with a wide variety of spirits. The spirit which compels or dominates your expression in any given moment … Continue reading

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Deep and Broad

“The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.” – Thomas Kempis I heard the whistle of an interesting train of thought while listening to a podcast the other day about the life of Michael Page, an Olympic-medal … Continue reading

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Kinetic Beauty in the Equestrian Arts by Gregg Hake

Oft times the simple things in life are the most notable.  Plato once said, “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”  I came across a video clip recently of the famed ecuyer Nuno de Oliveira at work on … Continue reading

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The Art of Horsemanship

The semblance of proper relationship between rider and horse may be achieved through harsh demand, but it will not be sustainable as the cracks in the relationship or preparation will inevitably appear. The horse or rider will give evidence at some point of the lack of unity and of integrity, typically through the expression of tension in some form or another. In horsemanship as in all things, expediency instead of integrity brings failure. Continue reading

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