The equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow.
The horse teaches us self-control, constancy, and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives.
Principles of conduct towards each other:
Scientific tests have established that successful learning and personal development can only take place when the teacher-student relationship is good. In our case the horse as the third player in the group also plays an important role in that relationship.
|Acceptation||Everyone has a right to self-development.|
|Appreciation||Every child is a valuable person with its own characteristic traits and weaknesses.|
|Affiliation||We share our wishes and feelings with you.|
|Boundaries||There are certain actions we don’t tolerate.|
|Liveliness||Everyone has the chance to make their own choices and decisions. (Which is necessary for children in order to make their own experiences.)|
|Reliability||We do as we say, not just now but also in the future.|
Relational messages conveyed by the horse:
|Attention||Horses seek human contact.|
|Boundaries||Horses teach us to set boundaries and to accept them.|
|Definiteness||Horses always clearly and promptly express their emotions through body language.|
|Sincerity||Horses accept every human being the way they are.|
Published under the German title “Ethische Grundsätze des Pferdefreundes” by the German National Equestrian Federation (FN)“ in 1995.