Riding culture, riding tact and what is the truth?
Where did the culture go? Where else can you find equestrian culture? In other areas too, the sense of culture, of the beautiful and the artistic, has somehow been lost. Everything has to be either practical, or quick, or cheap.
But what about the intense connection to the horse? The intense connection of trust and respect, which you have to work for, is not given to you by the horse.
Equestrian culture also requires knowledge. Knowledge of the horse - and by that I don't mean scientific knowledge. But knowledge about the spirituality of the horse, the horse's soul.
And riding culture requires tact. No, I don't mean the timing in the movement, but the tact. And the tactfulness that I, as a person, have towards my horse and, at the same time, towards my fellow human beings.
Where did it all go? Isn't that taught anywhere anymore? The answer is: Hardly.
Riding is culture is a school of life.
By the way, for me, riding begins with entering the stable, with entering the box. I take my time. Time to say hello to my horse, see how he's doing. I'll groom it in peace. Carefully and already perceiving so many things here: Are there any wounds, what is his mood like? What does it take today? Of course I have thought about what I would like to practice or develop with my horse today. But I'm checking very carefully whether these plans also fit today. And even when I'm in the saddle or when I'm working by hand - I have to be able to recognize that and I have to know what I'm doing. Whether what I'm doing makes sense. Whether I really help my horse with it or whether I just "sit down" and have my thoughts somewhere else. That would be disrespectful. Simply disrespectful.
That's the way it is and let's be completely honest and straightforward: Most - and I'm talking about 90% - of the riders or horse people do not know what they are doing and why. Regardless of whether they know what equestrian tact or riding culture is. And they don't always do that on purpose. They just learned it that way, from the countless coaches they have already hired, the countless books that they have read a little or from the stable friends who do things exactly that way.
It also has to do with respect and culture if I educate myself or not? And properly. Fully. And it has to do with respect if I groom my horse attentively every day in order to decide what to practice or develop with him today - or not?
Perhaps this lack of culture in the equestrian world is a phenomenon that has completely different causes. Maybe it's a "don't want to see the truth". The truth is not always pleasant. The truth can be quite frustrating and also harrowing. Our horses show us the truth. Always. Whether we can really see them and above all WANT to see them is up to us. We have to learn to look the truth in the eye, we must not close ourselves off from it, neither duck away nor deal with other (supposedly lighter) lies for the sake of simplicity.
For me, riding and riding culture have something to do with spirituality. With the opening of my mind - with development.
I learn something new every day, I develop myself and with it my horses - because I have decided to do it. I am open to development.
But how do we know the truth?
The answer is: We recognize them by our horses. Our horses show truth to us, every day.