SomE, School of Modern Equitation at present is in its first year of operation. Requirements for admission are the wish to ride, learn and understand equitation according to modern insights into human/equine physiology. Sufficient stamina, impeccable manners and team spirit are expected.
The program is designed for professionals. Also admitted are students who, between elementary education and professional schooling sessions, would like to add equitation to their skills.
The program operates full time (6 days/week) or part time (3 days/week). The latter permits additional schooling, for instance in the French language, at the University of Caen or other local institutions.
10/25/09. A reader commented, "...perhaps your studies in horseman ship and the horse's health could should include a thorough study of what iron shoes does to the health of your horses, you might find some disturbing information.
10/25/09. The same reader commented, "Showing does not have to just be about competition. After you have achieved this relationship, showing becomes an expression of movements only and you will discover a championship performance in the unbridled spirit that is unexplainable" (Carolyn Resnick - my coach).
It looks like you are working with movements only, do you reach theheart of your horse? The unbridled free horse that choose to be together with you?
10/27/09. My response, "...in practical terms, how to get from bad to good, keeps us occupied here. How much indeed the horses' emotions are involved is just beginning to dawn on me/us.
10/27/09. A friend added, "...horses are sentient beings and anyone who works with them seriously cannot help but become aware that there are aspects of their life beyond simple life survival mechanisms and these can legitimately be described as emotions."
August Sander in Paris The exhibition August Sander: "Voir, observer et penser" at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson opened September 9, 2009. It will continue through mid-December 2009. Don't miss it if/when you are in Paris.
Videos to Watch
Anna Some stories are too complex to share and too touching. In any rate, here is Anna - after she fixed herself -, walking, tracking and in balance again. She and her rider learning the shoulder-in. In the background, Beth Darrall (see Events), helping Fallada to get the best of herself.
Direct and Indirect Rein This video is commented in German. It illustrates the use of the direct and the indirect rein for movements on the spot and making the horse straight.
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Sites to See
Ein Klassiker/A Classic Diese Text ist auch heute noch so informative wie vor 2000 Jahren und mehr. Fünf Übersetzungen stehen zur Verfügung. This text today is as controversial and thought provoking as it was some 2000 plus years ago. The German site provides five parallel translations.
Christine Sander, "Die Elemente der Reiterei (2007)" Dieser Text, der auch als Taschenbuch - aber im Moment vergriffen - erschienen ist, entstand unter dem Eindruck von fast fünf Jahren, die ich praktisch nur zu Pferd verbracht habe. Seither habe ich die Recherche zur Rolle der Haltung (Pferd und Reiter) gemacht, und daraus ist das Buch "Posture, Not Only in Equitation..." geworden (leider bisher nur in English auf humuncu.li zu lesen).
Christine Sander: "The Elements of Equitation (2007)" This text, in a short German version, was first published in 2007. The first four of sixteen chapters of the English on-line version have been expanded in Winter 2009. Testing the additional information is "study-horsemanship's" daily work these days. Twelve more chapters await additions. Some restructuring has taken place. Final conclusions will have to wait. One thing, however, is evident: There is another horse in the horse we normally get to see.
Humuncu.li The brain map of a.i.s.' first and major project "Study-Horsemanship": Checking into how equitation functions.
The Oppo Seat Here is a seat that may fit here. And concepts to admire.
Theatre, plus... There is an affinity to theatre, music and training horses. In these "living" arts no breaks may interrupt the flow of energy and performance. We wish you all the best, Nina alias Raelle. Whow - what an encouragement you are!
Cultural Content in the Web Talking about cultural content in the web: This beautiful and informative site is recommended reading for anyone interested in photography today.
Books to Read
"The Art of Horsemanship", by Xenophon Quoting Xenophon: ".... I think, as I have said all along, that it is the best lesson to give the horse a season of rest whenever it has behaved to his rider's satisfaction".
"Werner Heisenberg" by Gregor Schieman An easy to read German summary of Werner Heisenberg's life, work and impact on how modern man increasingly views himself: Alone, standing before God. Heisenberg, in the first part of the 20th Century, provided the mathmatical basis for Quantum Mechanic's practical application and its command in today's technology.
"Der aufrechte Mensch" by Robert Schleip A conclusive set of exercises for all who safely, soundly and pleasurable would like to improve their posture and the way they walk. The author draws on extensive personal experience and his professional knowledge of Feldenkrais, Rolfing, Alexander Technic and Hakomi. Dr. R. Schleip today is a scientist, devoted to fascia research and promotes a world-wide interest in fascia.
"A History of God", by Karen Armstrong This book represents an enormous research effort aimed at illustrating, how humanity in the Western hemisphere has formed its perception of a one and only God. It traces the history and development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from the origins to today.
"The Brain That Changes Itself", by Norman Doidge "On the forefront of my book shelve...", our son put it. A book about how the body orients itself in space. But that is not all... This book is consulted by anyone interested in the living body, movement and the astounding plasticity of the brain.