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Beyond technique

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By Antonello Radicchi.

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Di Antonello Radicchi.

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[:en]A question has been on my mind for a long time, one to which I can’t seem to find coherent answers:
“beyond the school, which, for more or less valid reasons, proposes certain exercises, in certain moments, for certain horses…”
Neck extended rather than arched, poll more open or exactly on the vertical, I mean, given the more or less coherent technical validity of the various schools or disciplines, there are situations which make me feel uncomfortable and are unclear.
There are some really beautiful people who out of sheer passion are following paths of great value. But… there is always this “but” which haunts me.
Why don’t they believe or try or feel the need to find a different way to communicate in the saddle which goes beyond the use of the bit as the sole tool to make the horse execute. Don’t get me wrong, it is useful but (and here again is the but) only if seen as a negative reinforcement in the development of positive cognitive associations. As a stimulus in the search for collaboration. The point is that my “but” only has a meaning if addressed to people who know what they are doing; people who have an adequate technical and cultural education with experience and studies which lead to solid ethological bases. There are such people, few that they may be. The problem is that through some “absolute”ideological belief, some “devout creed” they don’t dare venture towards something which, notwithstanding its proven and solid base, is considered taboo.
Horses don’t want a bit, no matter how it is used, if we really want to come closer to the horse and understand him better. The use of the bit must be seen as a non-permanent necessity. Everything else is mere chatter without the slightest ethical foundation.
How I wish that these few lines could spurn someone to dare defy the dogma. Why do you dare, try and succeed in communicating from the ground and are so reluctant to try the same in the saddle? The horse is always the same, the very same with whom you succeed in establishing such a beautiful and harmonious rapport without the use of the bit. Maybe one day you will try. Maybe one day you will dare. FEEL doesn’t have an exclusive, you won’t bring glory to FEEL. Don’t do it simply because these are the bases of another school, that is not evolutionary but restrictive. There is no competition in moving closer to the horse and above all there is no exclusivity.

Antonello Radicchi[:it]A question has been on my mind for a long time, one to which I can’t seem to find coherent answers:
“beyond the school, which, for more or less valid reasons, proposes certain exercises, in certain moments, for certain horses…”
Neck extended rather than arched, poll more open or exactly on the vertical, I mean, given the more or less coherent technical validity of the various schools or disciplines, there are situations which make me feel uncomfortable and are unclear.
There are some really beautiful people who out of sheer passion are following paths of great value. But… there is always this “but” which haunts me.
Why don’t they believe or try or feel the need to find a different way to communicate in the saddle which goes beyond the use of the bit as the sole tool to make the horse execute. Don’t get me wrong, it is useful but (and here again is the but) only if seen as a negative reinforcement in the development of positive cognitive associations. As a stimulus in the search for collaboration. The point is that my “but” only has a meaning if addressed to people who know what they are doing; people who have an adequate technical and cultural education with experience and studies which lead to solid ethological bases. There are such people, few that they may be. The problem is that through some “absolute”ideological belief, some “devout creed” they don’t dare venture towards something which, notwithstanding its proven and solid base, is considered taboo.
Horses don’t want a bit, no matter how it is used, if we really want to come closer to the horse and understand him better. The use of the bit must be seen as a non-permanent necessity. Everything else is mere chatter without the slightest ethical foundation.
How I wish that these few lines could spurn someone to dare defy the dogma. Why do you dare, try and succeed in communicating from the ground and are so reluctant to try the same in the saddle? The horse is always the same, the very same with whom you succeed in establishing such a beautiful and harmonious rapport without the use of the bit. Maybe one day you will try. Maybe one day you will dare. FEEL doesn’t have an exclusive, you won’t bring glory to FEEL. Don’t do it simply because these are the bases of another school, that is not evolutionary but restrictive. There is no competition in moving closer to the horse and above all there is no exclusivity.

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