Academic Art of Riding Volume 3 – Longe Work

Volume #3 is dedicated to Longing.



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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.

Longe work Volume 3

On the longe the horse learns to respond to various visual aids. It reacts initially in the basic gaits – also to voice, longe, and whip. Later, during the advanced longing, more work aiming at collection can be added.

Bent Branderup tells us about his journey to the art of riding and how he perceived longe work with his masters. Kathrin Branderup-Tannous deals in detail with the influence of the longe in the framework of the toolbox of the Academic Art of Riding. Celina Harich supplies the starter package for longeing, Hanna Engstrom reveals how we perfect our technique in “dry runs” without horses. Maja Caspersen provides helpful exercises handling the whip and longeing whip. Janna Behries and Gerlinde Schnapperelle reveal how we riders become dancers. Claudia Straub shows us how we can train our eye as trainers of the horse. Imke Eisenschmidt provides us with many inner images that accompany us in longeing.

Additional information

Weight 3.4 lbs
Dimensions 12.25 × 9.5 × .75 in