Spinoff: "French School!"
Spinoff thread started by request. Any questions you may have, I'll do my best to answer based on my experience as a student of Jean-Claude Racinet and contributor to his magazine Riding in Lightness throughout the mid-90's. No matter what kind of horse I'm riding, the principles are the same and I use them every day:
Separation of the aids (hand without legs, legs without hand);
Release of the aids (when the horse responds, aid ceases)
Moderation of the aids (action and reaction in proportion)
Optimization of orders (BALANCE is the key to everything)
"Liberty on parole" aka self-carriage in collection.
This is a very, VERY different way of riding than pushing onto the bit. Vaquero person from other thread will find it Old Home Week; many others may have their foundations rocked a bit. Any other partisans of this system, please feel free to chime in, contradict me, add to the discussion!
I'll kick things off with Jean-Claude's famous statement: "All I need to make up a horse to GP are the two tools of La Guerinere and Baucher: Shoulder-in on 4 (!) tracks, and flexion of jaw and poll."
Here we go . . . . :cool: