In 2011, the French traditional horsemanship was inscribed on the representative list of the intangible heritage of humanity. This file led by the team of horsemen Cadre Noir of the city of Saumur, is the fruit of a work of analysis and synthesis of the methods of horsemanship to find the common denominator of the riders. It is, plain and simple, the desire to establish a close relationship with their horse!
“The art of riding must emphasize the harmonious relationship between man and horse. The fundamental principles and procedures of horse training are guided by the spirit of non-violence and non-compulsion, combining the demands of the rider with respect for the body and temperament of the animal. Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and psychology of the animal, as well as of the human body and emotions, are complemented by instilling in the horseman a mentality guided by the acquisition of technical skills and respect for the horse. The fluidity of movement and the flexibility of the joints guarantee the animal’s cooperation in the exercises, without resorting to coercion”.
These principles should be remembered every time you go horseback riding. They are based on trust and are perfectly applicable today to respond to animal welfare concerns.
Statement to UNESCO
Horsemanship in the French tradition