"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer."

About academic riding

Academic Riding is progressive training for the most symmetric movements between horse and rider, creating positive synergy and the power of bounce.


All gymnastic training is further planned according to the rules of natural principles, balance in motion.


The improved balance allows a lot of beauty in movements and easy going power for all work. Like the skillful dance always presents.


In advance organized work for elasticity of muscles, under awareness of togetherness, improves the horse’s physical and mental well being.


Using the science of animal's learning methods gives more choices for the horse to understand and cooperate with the trainer. The trainer's positive attitude in all work and exercises, helps for motivation and further development.


The more balanced rider, mentally and physically,  the more capable he/she is to ride horse mainly by the leading aids of seat. Balance creates better sense of feeling, which allows to soft influence.


With greater sense of balanced use of body and togetherness, the rider is capable to lead the horse in balanced motion in every movements, aiming for lightening the horse in the front and lowering the haunches. The horse should always tend to grow longer of its upper-line, reaching forward-down for the light contact with the rider’s softly feeling hand.  This comes with balanced movements.


In all movements, the use of "growing" spinal muscle tone is preferable for both, horse and rider. It improves the power of self carriage and well-being for entire body and mind. As well as allowing synergy and flow feeling.


The rider is controlling the motion of the horse by receiving the upcoming thrust of motion with his body and allowing it to continue to the directions intended.


During the naturally balanced way of motion, the skull is leading the entire body in direction intended of each forward thrust of motion. This gives continuous, flexible movement to the spine, which improves well being for the whole body. All training should be grounded to the fact of this natural rule of motion.



Book recommendations:

Gustav Steinbrecht: Gymnasium of the Horse

Philippe Karl: Twisted Truth of Modern Dressage

Decarpentry, General: Academic Equitation

Decarpentry, General: Piaffer and Passage

Dark Dancer  – "Laku"

© Ratsutila Helen 2015