"Die systematische Ausbildung des Reitpferdes" und "Die Ausbildung des Geländepferdes"

("The Systematic Training of the Riding Horse" and "The Training of the Sports Horse")

    «Dressage méthodique du cheval de selle. D'après les derniers enseignements de F. Baucher, recueillis par un de ses élèves» (1891) and «Dressage du cheval de dehors. Conseils donnés aux membres de L'Etrier, recueillis par un de ses élèves» (1907) by General Baron F.N. Faverot de Kerbrech is the most concise and the most comprehensive statement of the "Second Manner" of François Baucher, i.e. of the most mature development of Baucher's teaching.

    Originally published as a limited private edition for the Arbeitskreis Légèreté Bochum, this translation is now publicly available in its 2nd and improved edition. It offers German-reading and "German" riders access to the specifics of training in the Baucherist framework. Faverot de Kerbrech speaks without the intent to persuade dogmatically nor with weighty theorizing. His intended audience are "normal" riders, he takes difficulties into account which can arise in the course of training horses of average capacity or even obstreperous or dangerous horses, and he shows how to train the animal for disciplines or for uses which are not those normally associated with "dressage-like" schooling.

    General Faverot de Kerbrech chooses to formulate Baucher in this manner because, like his teacher, he considers that the proof of the correctness of a system of riding and training lies in the fact that it be able to benefit any and every horse and that any serious rider must be able to become competent in it. Drawing on his life-long experience in the cavalry and as an instructor of civilian riders, he outlines, in the patient style of polite instruction, how to proceed in this endeavour and he underlines that the prime requirement for success is that the rider make it a never-ceasing preoccupation to assure that the horse be in a state of physical and psychological relaxation. Such absence of constraint and of tension is the very basis for logically coherent systematic progress from the elementary to the more complex and that alone is the way to ever-growing finesse and simplicity. Training and riding successfully therefore can only be attained, argues Faverot, if it is "playful work" and only as such is it respectful of the horse and dignified for the rider.

    In our days, consideration of horse-appropriateness means more than the call to emotional kindness vis-à-vis the animal, it implies the responsibility and duty to train and ride in a certain manner, namely "logically and emotionally" correctly. The texts by Faverot de Kerbrech are so important and so exemplary because they outline such a practice in a systematic fashion.

    This book provides a framework for organizing the sequence of objectives to be reached in the education of the horse and criteria for evaluating the correctness of the progress. Yet, practical implementation and application is often very difficult. Today, an untold number of riders undertake the education of their horses by themselves and the seemingly simple and lucid statements by Faverot de Kerbrech can easily turn into unsolveable riddles and lead to unforeseen complications in practice. I am available to help with practical instruction and with theoretical clarification.



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