Interaction between head collar and bit.

Concept: “the horse carries itself”.

Beautiful idea, but what does it really mean?

Above all, is it a realisable concept accessible to all?

The real difficulty lies in the fact that people who approach or practice equitation are often introduced into this world and consequently continue to practice a sport which at a conceptual and practical level shouldn’t be defined as such. Equitation is not a sport and in any case and above all is not only a sport. Equitation is primarily love of horses, the wish to understand them and to be understood by them, the constant need to interact with them searching for a language and concepts which are so distant from our normal ways of communication yet so similar in sharing a world which increasingly tends to isolate us by sterilizing our communicative ability. It is to cultivate and strengthen the intensity of the relationship between man and horse by trying to widen the horizon of the expressive potential lying dormant within each one of us.  This is the objective of the book. To show, as a fact,  that the paths to achieve techniques of expressive lightness which lead to a harmonious relationship respecting the individual uniqueness of the horse and the rider, are not only easily to follow but are infinitely easier to tread  than the sterile paths which often lead to reciprocal misunderstanding and which we are forced to struggle along without any foundation. A different point of view deriving from years of studies and experimentation has produced a method which respects both the horse and the rider. A course, an often ironical and extremely practical  interpretation, based on the reciprocal respect of being man and being horse. To accept oneself for what one is and to accept them for what they really are. To define this book is not easy since it deals with ethology, biodynamics, evolution, technique etc. but what renders it interesting lies in the practical implementation of its concepts.

The head collar associated with the bit is not a coercitive instrument and it certainly cannot force the horse to perform. To succeed in executing passage, piaffé and the like with only this instrument means  that the merit must unequivocally go to a complete psycho-physical preparation which has developed the ability of the horse to perform. Only through a solid grammatical bases and knowledge of biomechanics can we achieve the objective: a horse which carries itself correctly in the various phases of training. Therefore, not only at the end of our interaction but from its very beginning!