Légèreté Canada aims to connect Canadian equestrians with the International School of Légèreté. It is a world renowned philosophy of training horses and riders. Riders are educated to train their own horses without the use of coercive aids.
The School of Légèreté empowers equestrians to train their horses in lightness and self carriage.
Légèreté riders are taught a solid understanding in the basic movements based on the experience of Old Riding Masters combined with new science with a deep understanding of locomotion and biomechanics of the horse. The basics build correct musculature in the horse to be able to carry the rider with ease.
This foundation leads horses and riders to more advanced movements in a logical progressive training style, that places the absolute respect of the horse at its centre.
What to expect from a School of Légèreté Instructor
With a teaching approach that is consistent and sustainable. Riders are taught horsemanship skills and training techniques that use consistent clear cues. Using techniques both on the ground (in-hand) and under saddle. The relationship between the horse and rider becomes more harmonious. Riders are taught to understand the basics that gives them the ability to solve training problems. With discipline and motivation, ordinary riders and horses can create extraordinary results.
We always strive for improvement in all basic exercises and in our equitation, resistances and conflicts arise with tensions in the body of both equine and human. A balanced position, together with educated hands, creates relaxation from the horse’s mouth, through the jaw, the poll, the neck, and all the way through the back to the hind end. A balanced and relaxed seat encourages the horse to develop, and maintain balance through every movement. A dynamic seat that, at times needs to be a light or forward seat helps a young horse find its balance while learning to carry the rider. More importantly, a balanced position is one that is comfortable and appropriate to the horse’s level of training and fitness.
Prioritize Training Solutions
Priorities can be established which are appropriate to the horse’s physical and mental needs. Progress then follows through step-by-step movements and exercises required to gradually build the muscle strength and flexibility for any discipline. The history, age, experience, physical and mental condition and ability of each horse is critical when considering a training program. Each horse will have particular needs, as will each rider. Though the path to Légèreté (Lightness) and ease may be somewhat similar; we all join the path at different points along the way. Priorities are solving relaxation, balance, impulsion and contact, then to teach gymnastic exercises to create suppleness and straightness.
Supple and Straight
We all struggle to perform movements evenly to the left and the right. Légèreté teaches riders to become aware of these asymmetries and how to train the horse to improve their balance. We train suppleness and straightness in self carriage. Once students learn to recognize and feel these imbalances they can apply the same training principles to other horses that they work with. Thereby creating a sustainable training practice. We train the horse to be in self carriage, balance, straightness, flexibility, mobility, regularity, rhythm and suppleness. Dedication to suppleness and straightness builds strength in the horse that is required for the high school manoeuvres. It is a minimum expectation that we dedicate ourselves to the betterment of our fitness, so that we are balanced and supple so that our horses can carry us with ease. Relaxation, freedom of tension and pain are essential elements when training horses. Légèreté also teaches us the skills to be able to relax our horses and encourage them to be attentive to us.