Learning how to ride

Classical Riding Art principlesPedagogic approachDeepened body-awareness

The learning process is based on the principles of the Classical Riding Art, holistic horsemanship, the right pedagogical approach, the involvement of psychomotor learning principles, a heightened awareness of one’s own body, and the development of empathy.

In the learning process the riders get acquainted with ethological principles such as approach, communication, behaviour, and horse care. Each session also involves groundwork and lungeing, which gives them a more integrated view of training, correct leading, communication, and the biomechanical principles behind a horse’s movement. At the same time they develop an awareness of their own body and body language and thus heighten the connection with themselves and – as a consequence – with the horse as well.

Interaction with horses enriches us with a variety of experiences and provides opportunity for personal growth, as animal care demands responsibility and commitment. Large animals such as horses command respect as well as inducing cautious behaviour and profound awareness when being handled. This increases the rider’s self-confidence and discipline. Leading and riding a horse requires decisiveness, consistency, and good concentration, which means a positive influence on the rider’s personality. In addition to developing motor skills, handling, caring for, and riding a horse thus also promotes psychosocial development.

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