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Harmony is born out of a genuine empathy for the horse and a compassionate awareness of the mental and physical impact of the work on the horse.

 

 

Natural Law and the Classical Art of Riding

 

The most harmonious form of riding is in keeping with the laws of nature, as is the most harmonious form of government. The irresistible call of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is inherent in each one of us. The Constitution of the United States is governed by the laws of nature and was established to secure our natural rights to of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

All of the various endeavors of our lives are connected by Natural Law; the laws of gravity, the laws of behavioral science, the laws of balance, biomechanics, etc.

 

As a rider, artist and musician, I am continually gaining a new appreciation for the Laws of Nature. I find that, for me, the study of these laws is the most fascinating from the perspective of a rider. The Classical Art of Riding is a multi-facetted education. It’s seems there is always something new to discover; self awareness, mental and physical self control, accountability, communication skills, timing, physics, biomechanics, an in-depth understanding of the horse’s nature, how it thinks and behaves, how it moves, why it moves the way it does – the list can go on forever.

 

The classical riding art looks for balance, purity of rhythm, harmony, fluidity of motion and a sense of calmness. Horses work willingly for riders who work in harmony with nature.

 

To get a practical idea of one of the ways the laws of nature influence the horse’s movement, try the following exercise that was developed by my instructor, Erik Herbermann:

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

2.  Bend over at the waist, letting your arms dangle in front of you, and keeping a reasonably flat back (not arched or bowed), so that your trunk and legs form a 90-degree angle to one another. Let your head hang comfortably.

3. Begin swinging your arms forward and back, alternately so that the upper arm brushes past your ear.

4. Adjust the speed at which you are doing this until you find a virtually effortless momentum. You will discover that this “tempo” is very relaxing, and takes no conscious work at all. The swinging practically takes care of itself, and you may find your trunk bobbing very slightly in the rhythm.

5. Now speed the tempo up a fraction. Notice how your back gets a bit tense, and the motion is no longer effortlessness.

6. Now slow the tempo down a bit. Notice again how your back gets a bit tense, and the motion is no longer effortlessness.

 

This exercise demonstrates that horses are not only governed by the laws of nature, we are too. We have an inherent ability to recognize the beauty of harmony in nature because we are a part of nature ourselves. Our judgment is sound as long as it hasn’t been clouded by contrived, falsified information (such as ‘rollkur’ or ‘hyperflexion’ that has gained popularity these days).

 

One of the exciting discoveries I made recently is that the American form of government is also based on Natural Law. In the book, The Law, Frederic Bastiat explains that it’s the laws of nature that ultimately govern man. Just as horses that are trained according to the laws of nature stay sounder longer than those who haven’t, counties that are governed according to the laws of nature – respect for our inherent rights to life, liberty and property – are sounder and more prosperous than those that aren’t.

 

The Philosophy of Liberty

Watch in English

Transcript: http://www.peacefreedomprosperity.org/blog/2009/07/25/the-philosophy-of-liberty-self-ownership/

Philosophy of Liberty Text: www.ridingart.com/philosophy_of_liberty.htm

More Information: http://jonathangullible.com/frontpage

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The Constitution and Freedom by Judge Andrew Napolitano

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJem_GNJ9-s

The Constitution and Freedom, the complete series:

http://www.thefoxnation.com/judge-andrew-napolitano/2010/01/11/judge-andrew-napolitanos-constitution-and-freedom-part-1

THE FIRST FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION: YOUR RIGHTS DON’T COME FROM GOVERNMENT, By Stewart Rhodes http://stewart-rhodes.blogspot.com/2009/02/first-fundamental-principle-of.html

THE BILL OF RIGHTS:  THE CONSTITUTION’S BUILT-IN, MANDATORY MANUAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION, By Stewart Rhodes http://stewart-rhodes.blogspot.com/2009/02/bill-of-rights-constitutions-built-in.html

Stewart Rhodes is an ex-paratrooper, disabled vet, ex-firearms instructor, former Ron Paul staff member, Yale Law grad/Research Scholar, Montana/Nevada lawyer and is the founder and Director of Oath Keepers http://oath-keepers.blogspot.com/2009/03/first-fundamental-principle-of.html

 

The American Form of Government:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW6AKVyi6As

 

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