Like all human limbs, also horse riding has its secret, or rather its secrets, which are none other than those healthy and understated principles that make this human activity one of the most infinitely beautiful because it is made in physical, emotional and spiritual communion with an animal endowed with intelligence, grace and majesty.
Even simply saddling one’s own horse to go for a simple walk and enjoy a nice sunny afternoon, a walk done in respect of the animal and its welfare, becomes a healthy practice, where the rider knows how to ride with dignity and the walk becomes a moment of recreation for him and his riding and although it is a matter of walking around together, sometimes walking around with one’s own horse with this spirit and emotionally assimilable to working in a rectangle.
Dressag, are not an end in themselves, but others are only the psychophysical gym for both the horse and the rider, which through well-targeted exercises that should be done in complete respect of the horse’s well-being, enhance its beauty and grace.
It would be too beautiful if the riders understood that riding a horse is not to show off themselves or the breed of horse they ride, but that riding is an art that must be done in humility and research and that should forcefully exclude all the mania of the show of skill.
HORSE RIDING IS TWO AND SHOULD BE A LIKE FOR THE HORSE.
The rider is a person who rides for his pleasure and to be with his horse and not to prove to the world that he is a something or someone. This can be deontologically acceptable for those like me who do education and unlike me can really be considered a Master, but the majority of people, on horseback, go there to be seen or to show off themselves.
How many people prefer to ride in front of an occasional audience and be seen?It is the very position of the person riding the horse that raises it from the ground that brings many people to this mental perception.
But this is not horse riding.
PRACTICING GOOD AND RIGHT
Riding is not the practice repeated in an obsessive and compulsive way, but practicing in a perspective of technical research and mental presence as well as perception of one’s own body, because too many people have been riding for years, riding badly and continue undaunted to mount badly and perpetuate their mistakes.
HORSE RIDER WHO ADAPTS TO THE HORSE AND DOES NOT VICEVERSE
The true knight never adapts the horse to his needs, but it is he who adapts to any horse and therefore has learned the whole monumental complex of the technique and then at a certain point he got rid of it by adapting himself as a glove does to the hand, in this case to the horse adapting himself to its nature, character, morphology, training of the horse.
TO BE WITH THE HORSE AND TO BE IN THE BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT HORSE.
A good rider is the one who spends equally his time in the saddle, on the ground with his horse and in books, because the true rider is the one who with his horse speaks to us, plays with him, takes care of him, understands him, analyzes him, sometimes he discusses him.
Sometimes he even bites him, he is the one who, when his horse is sick, is close to him and he is the one who is trained in books to have all the monumental theoretical basis that a true rider must have, and everyone can make his own luggage.
The knight must be humble and make himself small with the small and big with the big and make himself a servant of others and although he knows in his heart to do and knows he can do it, always remember that in the great book of the art of riding he has not yet reached the second page, despite all the successes, the curriculum and experience, because a life is not enough to be a good knight.
EMOTIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE HORSE
A true knight is one who knows the horse’s soul deeply, because only he who knows how to grasp its moods through the lightning and the light of its eyes will know that he can rely on it.
MEASURE AND GENTILITY (LIGHTNESS)
The true knight must know that the horse is driven with consistency, peace in the heart, so much measure, that all it takes is a little nothing to make it stop, turn, change, a hint of closing fingers, the heel pulled closer, the weight moved, because the horse loves measure and kindness.
REMAIN APART AND DO IT.
Send forward the tradesmen, those who believe that putting quintals of iron in the horse’s mouth and slaughtering it with all possible crap is subject to their will, let people who think they are someone speak just because they collect a few cups of their grandfather and because they have the horse of great genealogy. You have to let them talk.
HORSES ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL AND BAD.
One should never prefer one breed of horse to another, nor should one perceive the horse of a better breed than the strangest crossbreed, because sometimes a horse of very strange and obscure genealogy, born from the chance meeting of the two parents, can prove to be an excellent and reliable horse.
DISCIPLINE, COMMITMENT, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, LOVE, RESPECT.
To be good riders means to put the horse before everything, because a horse alone is a horse, a man without a horse is nothing and in riding the most beautiful things are done in two. A true horseman knows how to understand if on that particular day his horse has paturnias or a passing malaise.
And therefore to let him rest, and especially if he wants to be designated a horseman and treated as such, to have for his horse, or for his horses maximum affection, respect and dedication without making any predilection.
A true knight is one who has respect for the old horse and does not spare him affection and care, and makes no distinctions with others, who first come the horses with their needs and then perhaps the knight, because a true knight knows that without the horse he is nothing.
But upperly…to constantly remember that the horse does us a courtesy to mount us on his back and that for this reason to be grateful to him in every way and respect him in every occasion, he in mounting us gives us his essence and his great desire to cooperate with us, let us never forget it.