The teacher and student

Involved on the voices equestrian is not a new activity that I came because as all the arts, equestrian art is not really sufficient to feed the stomach (must first feed the horse). On the other hand, when we have the means of this equestrian art research can feed the mind and soul as any other art. When a little over a year ago I decided to try the selective entry of Versailles equestrian Academy I had to first motivation to find a way to continue to train me artistically in the introduction to my approach the mediums body and horse. Inside of me that resonated as an artistic and personal but also spiritual quest, because at age 30 I wanted more than anything to give me the opportunity to start this type of trip that is lived in a personal way, but which can also be shared for good (that I'm trying to understand it). Loneliness and artistic wanderings can sometimes be experienced terribly, this isn't my case I assure you but this is something that I absolutely want to avoid and for this there is nothing worse than to not see this State and even to settle yourself gently. Since the beginning of my studies I strongly feel this danger of imprisonment. For me it is a refusal to engage in a practice that would use a medium in an exclusive way I think to avoid this. Of course we should not see there a criticism of those for whom it works, each his way! After only two weeks at the heart of this new formation and a broken finger I realize (but especially I confirm what I sensed!) that it is consistent and that more new people I work with are also in this approach. It is therefore not only to training and work with horses but to be researchers especially interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. I found Carlos Pereira is a great opportunity which I intend to enjoy the most this year. Let me write a bit more about him when I learn more about but I think I can already say that it is part of those rare people who can recognize the potential in each of its students and especially working to go even further than what the student can do and this on all levels. It is therefore on this last point that it stands out because it is not just technician or end psychologist or visionary, he is all of this and more. It's a real teacher who feeds his pupil by the Exchange that he interview with and by his benevolence. As he likes to say himself, the true master is the one who reveals to the student what he already knows! And it does not say that in its regard since himself feels the current student of another master who is the Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa, large Japanese primatologist with which he works for a little more than two years. Desperate a few years of not having found his master in riding Carlos Pereira made just to find the door of Primatology, where once again the importance of constant openness to other areas of research. So I do not only riding boots but I also take the notebooks to record tons of references equestrian, philosophical, artistic, scientific… that I have the chance to receive each day and promise a very nourishing year!

A horse!

On June 20 I start year equestrian training with Carlos Pereira Squire which I will return later on the race and the different aspects of his approach. In the meantime if you would like to know more you can go for a ride on the site of the Institute of the horse and the Portuguese riding. In response to my presentation we the about page I need now elaborate on my approach to horse riding and the reasons which today lead me to follow this race and not another. I turned back to ponies and long years of weekly practices of riding, always with passion, ball in the stomach and posters in the room when I started my first year of study at the fine arts of Angoulême. Period of almost 10 years without a sniff of mane, without getting a sniff by a nostril without aches and breads in the butt would follow. It was unthinkable to come back not for a quiet walk because in the background it was much too serious a matter to consider returning to lightly (by also incompatible with my student time, urban lifestyle). I prefer therefore to smother the fire, sacrificing this part of me that made me grow up. The words are strong and the registry was little joking but that's really how I felt. The ponies had helped me out of my shell is small, very shy I was who was struggling to go play alone in the garden or to talk to people other than my parents. It is therefore natural that I came back to the horses after leaving Paris and built in Nantes has few months ago. After a first saddle ashoke confidant I became aware of the extent of my ignorance of the horse. It was not normal to have so much fear while having to continue to have fun, this lack of knowledge was at the root of my fears. This is as I undertook the exploration of parallel equestrian paths, thanks to the famous system of half that allows a rider to take care of a horse (of a particular well often) more autonomous and responsible manner. Through this I started to ask more questions and to put me in search of answers and solutions about equestrian race (what exercises, what objectives and progress of the work) about behavior of the horse from more frequent manipulation that I'd had a habit until there and sought work and everything related to the environment mode of life, care and feeding of the horse. And to finish we the very important point that is the rider, my own psychology and the use of my body we football got on horseback. I almost set everything in order even though it is obvious that this is not year ideal order of questioning but it was mine. It is certain that I expect this input and assimilation of technical and theoretical knowledge training in horse riding, but much more than that, I see this training have year experiment, new adventure of my artistic path that will allow me hopefully to have more strings to my bow (also archery on horseback that I recently discovered should be part of my hobby training) to build and collaborate we new projects. There are few truly multidisciplinary equestrian training in France and who especially open to other fields as those strictly relating to horses and Equestrian practice (even if really interested in horses is already interested in many things). Not to mention the wars of chapels that exist between different equestrian approaches and preventing most of the equitants to ask the right questions and to evolve in a fulfilling way with their equine friends. So through this blog I want to hold some kind of account of this experience and what will result. This very personal blog, is not only the riders but for any sensitive soul to the association of ideas and bridges thrown between two banks to risky experiments and practices strict to the ramblings and methodical reasoning.

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