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Classic baroque riding

The contemporary revival of courtly equestrianism

Blog Fascination Baroque Horses groundwork Feat at Picadera

The art of riding has been documented and cultivated as a cultural asset in European centers such as the Spanish Riding School in Vienna since the Renaissance. Modern classical-baroque riding combines the preservation of the traditions and values of this courtly riding with the current state of knowledge regarding functional gymnastics, taking into account the anatomy and physiology of the horse. The Bundesverband für klassisch-barocke Reiterei Deutschland e.V. has existed in Germany since 2004 as an affiliate of the German Equestrian Federation. This association has set itself the task of reviving and spreading the ideas of baroque riding. There is a growing desire among baroque riders to compete in tournaments, so that the baroque tournament scene has developed and expanded noticeably in recent years.

Riding equipment for classic baroque riding is not always easy to find. There are only a few specialized stores in Germany. At Picadera you will find special bridles and bits that are particularly well suited to this style.

Rider with baroque horse at Picadera

The Renaissance stands for the transition from the Middle Ages to modern times. It was characterized by efforts to revive the cultural achievements of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Special feature of the classic baroque riding styles

Compared to conventional English riding, in-hand work, side saddle riding and the schools on and above the ground enjoy a higher status. In particular, in-hand work has become increasingly popular in Germany in recent years, but also across all riding styles.

Equipment in baroque equestrianism

For basic horse training, snaffle bits in the form of water, Baucher or shank snaffles are usually used, often in conjunction with a cavesson. If the horse and rider are more advanced, the combination of Curb Bit and bradoon is often used to further refine the aids.

Particularly flat leather reins without bars are suitable for in-hand work or long rein work, so that they do not get caught in the mane and can glide smoothly through the fingers to adjust the length during work.

The following items go particularly well with baroque riding styles