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Classical Equitation Articles & Books


Royal School, Jerez, Spain

Michel Henriquet

This lovely book follows the training of three young horses, from their first schooling experiences to the execution of classical airs at the age of nine.


Published Articles in Cheval Magazine

Another Horsemanship

by Jean-Claude Racinet

This practical manual describes the horsemanship of French Classical Tradition - characterized by lightness - from a down-to-earth point of view.

French riding master Philippe Karl writes about training horses from a very personal perspective, documenting the training and development of the Lusitano stallion, Odin, according to traditional French classical principles, from young horse all the way up to high school. Through this case study, he teaches readers the requirements of balance, including collection and conformation; the philosophy of Academic Equitation, including the language of the aids—seat, hands, legs; exercises for lateral flexibility, including work on one and two tracks. He also covers work at the canter—counter-canter, flying lead changes, tempi changes; collection—piaffe, passage, pesade; and canter pirouettes—preparation and development.

One of the most outspoken critics of the modern dressage world reveals some disturbing facts about the physical, anatomical, and mental effects through official dressage guidelines as issued by the German Horse Society (FN) on horses. By comparing these with philosophies of masters of classical riding such as La Gueriniere and Baucher, he shows possible solutions to the challenging situation of modern competitive dressage. After describing the effects of modern dressage, breeding, and business, the author suggests a classical alternative—the philosophy of "legerity."

DVD—Nuno Oliveira: 20 Years Later
Life and work of the greatest classical écuyer of the new age.

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD is in French with English Subtitles. This DVD is also in PAL format which can generally only be viewed on a computer in the U.S.

20 years after his death, Nuno Oliveira has become a permanent source of inspiration in the many riding schools and international arenas, in dressage as well as in show jumping. With commentary by his closest family and some of his best students, starting with his eldest son Joao, the movie draws a portrait of the person who, guided by his love for horses and inspired by the French school of Légèreté, viewed equitation above all as an art.

"First published in 1990, and now in its third edition, Dressage for the New Age continues to be one of the best selling dressage books of all time. In this book, noted rider, trainer and instructor Dominique Barbier conveys and interprets the French classical dressage, bringing to life the essence of this tradition and revealing its relevance to the contemporary rider."

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Among the earliest known works on choosing, caring for, and riding horses, this book is still hailed — 2,300 years after it was written — as one of the most complete, thoughtful, and accessible guides of its type. Morris H. Morgan's fluid translation features 38 illustrations of this classic's practical tips and enlightened observations.

Horse Training In-Hand: A Modern Guide to Working from the Ground: Long Lines, Long and Short Reins, Work on the Longe


Bringing new life to time-tested techniques, this gorgeously illustrated book shows how "in-hand" methods can be used by the modern equestrian to better a horse's performance in any discipline. Thorough, step-by-step instructions for promoting subtle communication via the handler's voice, body, and reins will improve the horse's straightness, suppleness, balance, collection, and understanding of the aids. With its ability to improve communication between participants and instill in the horse lightness and obedience, these methods are the perfect way to start an immature or green horse, safely begin remedial training with a problem animal, confirm movements taught first under saddle, maintain an older horse's flexibility and balance, and allow those unable to ride a method to continue training and conditioning their horse at the highest level.