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A Relieable Resource

CN mind body soul flyerWell-meaning misinformation, stubborn defense of outdated tradition, and outright exploitation of horses are a real problem in many areas of the horse industry.

Our goal is to be a reliable source of science-based, useful information for horse lovers of all disciplines, as we help them sort through the facts, opinions, and fiction of horsemanship.  Our Horsemanship Education program is here to improve the quality of life for horses, and the quality of relationships between horses and riders.

We are here to show you that great horsemanship is not magic, and it's not reserved for gifted riders on world-class horses.  All it takes is the right information and the right attitude.  You can do it!

 

What Do We Teach?

Horse Behavior - Information about how horses naturally live, think, learn, and communicate.

Horse-keeping for Wellness -   What horses need mentally, emotionally, and physically to thrive. (housing,  nutrition, hoof care, herd management, etc.)

Learning Theory -  How to use psychology and positive reward as your dominant training tool, instead of physical force.  How to set up learning situations as puzzles for a horse, so that they can solve problems and learn from their experiences.

Bio-Mechanics - The mechanical laws of how horses & people move according to their Structure, Balance, Posture, and Energy.  Why some training techniques develop horses into athletes, while others destroy their bodies.

Anatomy & Physiology - Learning about how the horse's body works helps us to keep our horses healthy and choose the right training techniques. And it helps us to heal what's broken.

Classical Gymnastics - Training techniques and gymnastic exercises designed to systematically train and condition a horse as an athlete.  This is not a sport, yet it applies to all sports.  It's general gymnastic training for horses.

 

 

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.~ Maya Angelou

Equestrian Arts Foundation offers
Educational Workshops, Horse Health Seminars, Horse Training, and Horsemanship Lessons.

You can go to www.classicalnaturally.com for more information about lessons & training that we offer.

French Equitation

Half Pass Phoenix 450x338Classical French Equitation is a natural fit for the mission of EAF with its emphasis on science and correctness, kindness and respect for the horses, and its never ending pursuit of excellence and artistic beauty.

French Equitation has been listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, so that it may raise awareness and protect this important living art. 

EAF believes that French Equitation not only needs to be preserved, but that it embodies much of "what is missing" from modern horsemanship and an all too common focus on instant gratification and "winning".

 

EAF offers French Equitqtion
Lessons, Training, and Clinics by Maria Elizabeth Smith of
Classical Naturally

History of French Equitation

equitation historyFrench Equitation has a rich and interesting history.  This three part series was featured in Eurodressage Magazine, and is full of great information. 

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