Category Archives: Classical Training and Philosophy

The horse becomes the artist

The goal is to elevate the horse to a level of strength and elegance it would never reach on its own, improving Nature to the point of “Art”. Charles de Kunffy

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It has been an emotional roller coaster for two weeks – I hate roller coasters of any kind!  Tremendous recognition at work was followed by a serious set back to the project I’ve been shepherding for over a year.  Lovely moments … Continue reading

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Mount and Man

I just finished reading a wonderful book: Mount and Man written in 1925.  The author, Lt Col McTaggart, was a retired cavalry officer who clearly understood and loved horses.  It’s a fascinating look into the state of riding in the … Continue reading

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Two Equilibria

I often see debates about the frame and movement of the horse.  Do you allow the horse a longer frame, in order to develop certain areas?  Or is allowing that longer frame risking the future of collection?  Is putting the … Continue reading

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The Aid System

I’ve been spending my spare time playing with the new sand in the arena.  More on that in another post.  For this post I wanted to bring back some of the words of wisdom shared in the ground work conference … Continue reading

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How it was: 1976

Someone shared this lovely video on Facebook, and in my estimation it has not had enough views – so I’m doing my little part to spread it around.  The video is of the top two rides from the 1976 Olympics.  … Continue reading

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On horses and learning – Zettl quote

Blog post ideas have been flying at me faster than I have time to complete them.  The result is that I have many started, just waiting for me to give the final touches to complete them.  But, as recovery of … Continue reading

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