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Help your horse achieve their potential by making them stronger, healthier, and happier

Achieve collection in a fair way

Are you getting inconsistent results from your training, where an exercise works one day but not the other? Or perhaps you always wanted to ride well but don’t know where to start? Bart Hartogsveld’s approach to riding prioritizes the welfare and happiness of the individual horse, and offers a clear and comprehensive method to acquire lightness and collection. Rooted in the tradition of riding art, he teaches anyone how to ride the exercises of your dreams with minimal riding aids. He resolves resistance through a unique approach to postural alignment of both horse and rider, instead of opposing the resistance with increased pressure.

The story of

Bart Hartogsveld

Bart’s passion for horses and riding started at a young age. After discovering historical and classical dressage in 2016, he studied with a number of well-known instructors and spent 6 months receiving daily mentoring In his lessons he additionally draws from his experience about learning processes and stress acquired during his master’s and PhD studies in psychology and neuroscience. Since then Bart has focused on teaching historical dressage through international clinics and lessons locally.

Clinics

International weekend clinic packages are available after consultation

Lessons

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Online lectures

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Historical research

Throughout the years Bart has studied the historical literature from the 16th to 20th century on equitation and dressage as an independent researcher, working together with other passionate professionals and members of the wider historical riding community. The goals of dressage in the past, riding with invisible aids and complete unity between rider and horse in even the most difficult exercises, continue to inspire him. One of Bart’s most well-known projects is that he compiled a comprehensive database, established in 2019, to preserve the valuable knowledge that can be found in the historical literature. This database is publicly available on this website, including free access to digital versions of the books.