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The Academic Art of Riding is based on the kwledge of the old riding masters, such as Xephon, Pluvinel, and Steinbrecht. It is rooted in the belief that one must train one's horse t only physically, but also mentally, according to the motto: Two spirits who want to do what two bodies can . Fine communication with the horse as a partner is t only the way to accomplish this, but also the result. The described gymnastic exercises are made to build up the horse and keep it healthy. With this book, the ambitious leisure rider gets introduced to the Academic Art of Riding. Starting with the horse's basic training and work in hand, the reader also gets insight into lateral movements, piaffes and exercises above ground. Furthermore, methods for training and physiotherapy for horses in need of correction, as well the correct seat of the rider, are described.
Bent Branderup has been a keen student of the Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre in Spain, Nuno Oliviera in Portugal and Egon von Neindorff in Germany. He lives in Denmark together with his horses and dedicates his time to training horses, teaching advanced and ambitious leisure riders in the art of Academic Riding and studying the Old Masters. Branderup has published several books and movies about horse training and Academic Art of Riding.