The Academic art of Riding is based on the old masters knowledge about riding and close combat from horseback. Thereof is Xenophon, Pluvinel, Guérinière, The Duke of Newcastle and Steinbrecht, the Masters, that has had the most influence on the art of Riding nowadays, because of the books they wrote.
As a Horse was finiched in his education, the horse would be a greate investment, the art of riding had the purpose of making the horse strong, flexible, obedient and durable even in combat situations.
The art of Riding as we see it today, is based on Bent Branderups work with recreate and share the knowledge described by the old Masters, thus the art of Riding will be avalible for riders today.
Today it is very few who practices close combat from horseback, wich is why the education, of the nowaday Academic ridden horse, has the focus of flexibility, strength, endurance, responsiveness and communication between horse and rider.
The Academic art of Riding is a inheritance that has been forgotten, and we wish to bring it in to the light again.
Bent began his journey with Hugin (his now deciesed knabstrupper stallion), when he had been blinded and had brokken 3 legs (front knee and both hind hocks)
To be able to get at funktional riding horse again, Bent had to rethink all that he had learned about training horses, and began to study the books of the old masters and their knowledge about horse training.
Bent rediscovered the knowledge the old masters had about building up the horses to be healthy – “to use the dressage for the horse, and not the horse for the dressage”
For me, the Academic art of Riding is a logic, gentle and upbuilding way of training horses. The same communication that you learne from ground – in the caveson and in the longe – you take with you in mouting and the further education. Execises and movement is explained to the horse with clear aids, and that creates the foundation to “the next step on the ladder”.
I continuously work on strengthening the horses – coordination, flexibility and balance. I wish, at no time, to expose the horse training or methods, that will, in time, decrease his health, capacity or potential.
Therefore is the Basicriding and the suppeling work returning elements in the training – no matter the level of education the horse is on.
The focus in the training is feeling, softness and biomecanics, where I, as a rider work with awareness in my own body, and through that, can be aware of points of balance, how the parts of my body can work indepentently of eachother. I work with awareness of my weaknesses and strengths, and how these affects the horses that I work with.
For me, the work is about creating a positive communication between rider and horse – a communication that goes both ways, where the horse has just as much to tell the rider, as the other way arround.