Healing Body, Mind, and Heart: Returning to Riding After Life-Changing Events
How we do things with our horse is the mechanics. The why is the mindset. When we get to the mind, we get down through the body, and to the feet.
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- Eric Paul ZieglerDouble E Farm
I came later to horses than many riders. I did not grow up riding but avidly pursued martial arts and team sports. In the 90s, while a history grad student, I began working with horses in the Classical Tradition, bypassing the more popular avenues of showjumping, dressage, or western pleasure. I was exposed to scholars such as Xenophon, de la GuÃ©riniÃ¨re, Beaudant, and Oliveira. My reading expanded to include the likes of Dorrance, Hunt, and Brannaman, as well. As I progressed in riding and training, I began to merge my academic and equestrian lives and found them a perfect match. I am right at home reading and translating historical treatises one moment and teaching riders the next. Since moving to Colorado, I have worked with various breeds and disciplines. In every case the principles of Classical Equitation are reliable guides to approach any problem, any goal.
Because I do not find the writings of the old masters dry and inaccessible, I make the work of the early modern era practical, applicable for riders of any age, all levels and disciplines. I not only train horses and riders in these principles and techniques, I practice them in my own work in the arena and in the field. I take great pleasure following classical principles while practicing the cavalry horsemanship of the 18th century as a historical European martial art (HEMA).