The Classical

Some of this material excerpted from, “Coherent Horsmanship, Combining the Quantum and the Classical“.

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Classical Horsemanship has its roots in centuries long past; the first writings are by the hand of Xenophon, who was born in 430BCE, and died 354BCE. He emphasized kindness, and encouraging the young horse to grow to love humans. The kind, understanding treatment and teaching of horses has always been the foundation of the Classical approach.

As Classical Horsemanship literature accumulated over the past four centuries, we find the works of Antoine de Pluvinel, François Robichon de la Guérinière, François Baucher, Gustav Steinbrecht, Alois Podhajsky, Mestre Nuno de Oliveira, and Egon von Neindorff. It is worth finding translated works by these incredible people, who devoted their lives to the pursuit of genuine artistry in their relationship with horses.

“A ruthlessly condensed training only leads to a general superficiality, to travesties of the movements, and to a premature unsoundness of the horse. Nature cannot be violated.”

~ Alois Podhajsky

Competition naturally accelerates desire and motivates us to improve, however, when a person lives for competition rather than art, somehow the integrity and beauty of a partnership is diminished; tarnished by a gradual lessening of patience and responsibility.

Horse people of all equine disciplines can benefit from the understanding of the therapeutic diagnosis of muscle groups and balance, and learn how to apply gradual gymnastics to improve overall health, beauty and performance of their equine athletes. It comes with the growth of the human being as well.

It is necessary to breathe properly while working and riding horses. In addition, meditation in motion is not only complimentary, but helps people achieve resonating brain wave patterns, instead of interfering brain wave patterns. When we add therapeutic touch for discomfort, we integrate ourselves wholly with our horses, in and out of the saddle.

Coherent Horsemanship is a term for those who wish to combine intuition, Heart, Soul, talent, skill, knowledge, communication and Intention to recognize and amplify the very subtle levels of relationship between horse and human.
Coherent horse people combine the Quantum and the Classical.

Your relationship with your horse is between the two of you. No one else. So why give away the reins? You have everything you need in your own mind and heart.

Before you allow a stranger to mediate your relationship, study for yourself. Learn for yourself. Practice with your horse. It allows the willing interpretation and participation of your horse, which will lead to an artful expression of the whole.

This is their gift to us; to take us on a journey of discovery into a realm not only of physical achievement and greater learning, but of intuition, telepathy and ‘coherence’. You’ll find that understanding a horse is to simultaneously understanding yourself through ‘his’ mirror, you’ll find what you’ve been missing and you’ll feel closer to not only your horse, but to Earth and Community.

Meaningful practice means meaningful performance.

— Eric Herbermann

Every detail matters; understanding the correlation of the human to horse anatomy at the physical and energetic levels, deepening our understanding of the physics of motion and timing in order to communicate more intuitively and effectively, where we are in the athletic development of our selves and our equine counterparts, what the next step might be, or even becoming a better friend to your horse.

Rider Position

Position is everything.

Rider aids not only include your physical requests, but also deliver emotional and psychological terms. The horse will mirror and manifest your every notion and motion in some way.

We all have mirror cells that compose some of the circuitry in our brains. This allows horses and humans to mimic the essence of another, whether it is in an observed facial expression or gesture. We not only mimic, we can feel the condition that creates that expression or gesture. In other words, we are wired for empathy.

Whether mirror cells are involved in ’emergence’ – a phenomenon that is inherent in all herd, pack, flock, school and social animals including humans – isn’t clear. What IS clear is that horses don’t have the kind of boundaries that we have, they can’t shut of the mechanisms that have facilitated such a vital part of community, cooperation and what has evolved over millions and millions of years in all social species to create ‘thrival’, not just ‘survival’.

…each bird is interacting with up to seven close neighbors, making individual movement decisions based on maintaining velocity and distance from fellow flock members and copying how sharply a neighbor turns, so that a group of, say, four hundred birds can veer in another direction in a little over half a second. What emerges is almost instantaneous ripples of movement…

~ jennifer ackerman, The genius of birds

Many times, a horse will behave in a certain way, and riders, trainers and observers will miss the message. Elaborate methods, theories, marketing strategies and papers have been created; millions of dollars spent on Equine behavior, when we miss realizing that we are contributing to the relationship in unaccounted ways. Behavior arises when connections are lost.

Humans exist in a segregated, compartmentalized, analytical world. We seek answers and solutions based on a small part of the picture – the based solely on our materialistic, five senses.

You can think of Coherent Horsemanship as not only your tangible and purposeful interactions, but as your intangible, subtle level connections with your horse, as every cell of your body communicates and ‘instant messages’ the being of your horse in a wholesome, incredible ‘greater than the sum of its parts’ connection.

You are an inextricable part of your horse’s perceptual and experiential world…and there’s a lot to be aware of.

Rider ‘positioning’ (again physical, emotional, psychological, logical, neurogenically, epigenetically, spiritually, etc.) accounts for all the messages you deliver to your horse. It’s essential to be aware of your strengths and flaws before asking anything of the horse.

So, with this added gravity of meaning, a ‘balanced position’ isn’t just part of this discipline or that one; it doesn’t belong to just one practice or another, it is both elegant and essential in many ways, for everyone participating in any equestrian discipline. It certainly can be adapted to carriage drivers, saddle seat riders, gaited horse riders, jockeys, and anyone doing ground work or coming into contact with horses in any way.


The Physical, Emotional and Psychological Position

Your physical “seat” includes the seat bones, pubic arch, thighs, lower back and your abdominal muscles.


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On top of the horse, the rider balances and stretches the spine upward, while allowing the lower spine to balance on the seatbones, without tilting the top part of the pelvis cranially – toward the horse’s head (overly arching the back), or tilting the top part of the pelvis caudally – toward the horse’s tail (overly ‘slumping’).

“advice on rider biomechanics always stresses sitting up straight, without perching forward or slouching back. Either will compromise your seat bone contact in addition to causing other rider errors. The ideal is to sit on the triangle formed by your pubic bone and seat bones, tucking your rear end under just a bit.”

Jennifer Forseberg Meyer – Horse & Rider, “Seat-Bone Power! (Do *You* Have It?)” Updated:
Oct 16, 2018 Original: Mar 21, 2016

Nerve impulses will travel with the least amount of resistance throughout the rider’s spinal column communicating with the brain and extremities without blockage, and subtle energy will travel along the meridians and chakras with as much capacity as the rider has.

Combine a balanced seat with balanced emotional and psychological bodies, and create an effective, influential, flowing yet well managed position.

Consider Leonardo da Vinci’s work. Not all lines are perfect, however, he arrives at a chosen form through many attempts and contemplations. We consider him a genius, however, it is inspirational to find that every genius has a process. Leonardo found his, as must we all; since we are beings of incredible potential. Potential is not limited to one famous person or another, but it is more likened to the honest and legitimate ‘ten thousand hours’ of practice that provides the platform.

When we draw freehand, it’s almost impossible to draw a perfect circle. If we do draw a perfect circle on our first time out, well…the chances of tracing that circle perfectly and exactly, are even more impossible than drawing the perfect first circle. As either you or I compose that freehand circle with a pen, pencil, marker or paintbrush, consider the idea that we transpose that freehand mechanism to our bodies and intentions when we mount a horse and draw that circle with their feet.


It’s true that we tend to adhere to the teachings of successful people, much more than we do to the humble, more obscure teachers, but that only reflects the broad strokes on the canvas that holds all the potential of life. The quality of our communities has a large impact on who we are as individuals, and subsequently what our philosophy is and how we might treat those around us. Certain communities merely prop up an economic structure. People and horses struggle to find their value in this harsh, and inhumane ladder of life.

So, it is my hope to encourage a different paradigm so that more of us can truly thrive.

Classical should always have the meaning and aura of practices that have endured for centuries, and have shown beautiful, healthy and artistic results. Classical does not exploit the horse’s mind or body, it educates and builds them. It really is ‘teaching’, rather than ‘training’.

Horses that have been ridden and trained following classical principles can perform well into their senior years fluidly, consistently and happily.

During this practice, there are no ‘levels’ to be concerned with, only the honest evaluation of how you and your horse move through time and spaces.

You direct your own Journey…let your horse be your guide.

Begin your Quantum and Classical journey now.

energy awareness and practice

Relax. Meditate. Heal. The Power of Innocence.

Beginning energy work with your horse brings about a new and beautiful opportunity to learn and grow together. Innocence and openness with your horse, is a very powerful state of being. It forms a deep connection that ensures safety, healthy bonds and clarity of communication.

comparative anatomy

Horses and humans are basically made of different versions of the same parts. Cooperation and empathy developed along with the first cells on Earth as individual consciousness anchored itself to biology. Those things are the heritage of all living things, and because of this, the horse, who hasn’t been corrupted by egotistical pursuits, mirrors every aspect of you in the purest, most innocent way. This is natural, and has been essential for survival for millions of years…so, realize, if your arm hurts, your horse may not perform well. He is filled with empathy and reflects your pain. It is the most beautiful form of emergence and teamwork we can experience.

progressive routine

For physical therapy or progress in the athletic development of the horse and rider. The Power of Oneness.

Combined with a working knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and the bio-field, this routine is designed for the development of skill, balance and coherence. It isn’t meant to focus upon the tick tock of an upcoming show, event or any other expectation that impose stress and pressure. It is intended to be practiced gently, with complete understanding and compassion, while building a foundation that, if consistently practiced, will not break down when challenges arise.

It is intended to build Trust and a deep bond of friendship.
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