Academic Art of Riding Volume 2 – Groundwork

Volume #2 is dedicated to Groundwork.



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Two Spirits wanting what two bodies can (Bent Branderup)

In our fast moving and digitized world many riders aim for a gentle and well-thought-out education for horse and rider, without the pressure of competing. The Academic Art of Riding is based on the knowledge of the old masters, like Xenophon, Pluvinel, Guérinière and Steinbrecht, just to name the most outstanding ones. Dedicating his life to the Academic Art of Riding, Bent Branderup studies the old masters over and over again, as well as he constantly questions his own and his students‘ work. 17 single steps cover the academic ladder that schools body and mind of horse and rider.

Which heritage the old masters handed down to us riders? When did they agree on something and what did they criticize? Do our current studies of psychology, bio-mechanics and pedagogics match the old master`s knowledge and recommendations? The Knighthood of the Academic Art of Riding is a community of passionate horse people who share fundamental ideals and have at their disposal a certain level of proved skills. The main tasks of the international academy are research and education, always aware of ethical aspects that concern the human-equine relationship.
The 230 members consider themselves as belonging to a brain pool whose members advance through constant exchange.

15 to 20 of them will pass their knowledge to the readers of the „Academic Art of riding“ – they are well known experts of communication, body language, bitless art of riding, rehabilitation, psychology. From the first step – Horsemanship to the Schools above the ground – they  share their knowledge, always keeping the focus on two spirits wanting what two bodies can. To become one – just to spend a beautiful time together with our horses.

This series of books about the Academic Art of Riding features articles about the different steps in the AAR, written by Bent Branderup and various Selected Branderup® Trainers.

Ground work  Volume 2

Ground work is the first step of the academic ladder. We work out stellning and bending with the standing horse. The horse learns to step towards its center of gravity. Wit the hind legs and carry out the first lateral movements. The development of the aids serves to establish the common language. The horse should be shaped and guided by messages while the trainer learns to train her or his eye for detail and feeling.

Volume two of the Academic Art of Riding is dedicated to Groundwork. On his own journey to Academic Art of Riding, Bent Branderup tells us how he learned groundwork from his teachers in Spain and Germany, and how he developed his own concept for Academic Art of Riding all the way to handwork. Kathrin Branderup-Tannous introduces the most important tool of groundwork – the cavesson. Admittedly, this is of no use without a horse. Therefore, the Branderup family invites the reader to an exciting discussion about buying horses. Once the dream horse has been found, learning together is called for.

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Weight 3.4 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 1 in