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Classic-Baroque Riding

The contemporary revival of courtly horsemanship

Blog Fascination Baroque Horses groundwork feat at Picadera

Since the Renaissance, horsemanship has been documented and cultivated as a cultural asset in European centers such as the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Modern classical-baroque horsemanship combines the preservation of the traditions and values of this courtly horsemanship with the current state of knowledge regarding functional gymnastics, taking into account the anatomy and physiology of the horse. Since 2004 the Bundesverband für klassisch-barocke Reiterei Deutschland e.V. exists in Germany as an affiliated association of the Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung. This association has made it its task to revive and spread the ideas of baroque riding. Competing in tournaments is an increasing desire among baroque riders, so that the tournament scene of baroque tournaments has grown and developed in recent years.

Riding equipment for classical baroque riding is not always easy to find. There are only a few specialised shops for this in Germany. At Picadera you will find special snaffles and bits that fit particularly well.

Rider with baroque horse at Picadera

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

Special feature of the classical-baroque riding styles

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

Equipment in Baroque Equestrianism

In the basic training of the horse are usually snaffle bits, in the form of water, Baucher- or thigh snaffles used, often in conjunction with a cavesson. If horse and rider or rider are more advanced, the combination of Curb Bit and bradoon, for further refinement of the aids, is often used.

For in-hand work or long rein work, particularly flat leather reins without bars are suitable so that they do not get caught in the mane and can slide through the fingers without interference for length adjustment during work.

The following items are particularly well suited to baroque riding styles