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“The systematic training of the horse is not something that was recently invented; training horses in a classical way has been passed on for 2400 years, since Xenophon. In the past, people have tried to reinvent dressage and have influenced us all, but it comes back to the same simple truth: through systematic gymnastic training, the horse gets stronger and can fulfill the requested exercises and tasks. Paramount of course is the well-being of the horse. We don’t harm the horse, we don’t cause the horse any pain. We should apply as little pressure as possible to this wonderful creature.

Of course there are always people who think they have to reinvent the sport and use different methods. I think these new inventions just don’t work and will come to an end. I believe everyone will return to harmonious training between horse and rider which will ultimately be more successful.

It should never be that the horse is a servant to the rider; rather, the beauty and nobleness of the horse must be preserved and brought out. Absolute submissiveness, slavery, should not be the goal of our dressage training.”

 

Klaus Balkenhol

 

(excerpt from

"Sit in on a Klaus Balkenhol Clinic"

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