by Jean-Claude Racinet
Racinet provides a recipe for absolute balance, whereby all else succeeds. He searches for answers to riding problems from the inside and provides a thorough understanding of the cause. This is enjoyable reading, whereby you can learn to gain relaxation in your horse.
This book outlines and explains the concept of “riding in lightness,” as understood by Jean-Claude Racinet who has spent his life riding and teaching the French School of Horsemanship.
Born in Paris in 1929, Jean-Claude Racinet is a 1950 graduate of St. Cyr, the French West Point. He was a member of the French contingent in Korea (1950-53), where he was wounded twice. As an officer of the French army, he spent seven years in Tunisia and Algeria (1954-61) and four more years in Europe.
While he spent most of his army career during the time when the military was getting rid of their horses, he managed, between and during his sojourns overseas, to successfully attend the Superior Equitation Course in the Cavalry School of Saumur (1953-54), winning the title of Champion of Tunisia in open jumping (1956), and to become a member of the Jumping Team of the Military School in Paris (1953).
Riding teacher and trainer as a civilian after 1965, he was more particularly known by his retraining of difficult horses, and later, as an equestrian journalist by his always witty and sometimes scathing articles in the French equestrian monthly L’Information Hippique.
In the United States since 1983, Jean-Claude Racinet became a successful teacher, trainer, lecturer, clinician, and author. In 1994 his highly popular book Another Horsemanship, was published; it is now in its second printing and also available through The LIpizzan Store.
Jean-Claude Racinet has devoted his life to the vindication of “L’équitation de légèreté” (riding in lightness), which fosters balance by relaxing the horse - more so his mouth - excluding force in the wielding of the aids. In fact, this is the very essence of riding in the “French” Classical tradition. 136 pages.
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