Though I enjoyed this far more than expected for a cheap DVD, I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the poor packaging: The cover has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the 2 documentaries on the DVD and the content has a very tenuous connection with the Spanish Riding School. This is very unfortunate, because the DVD contains 2 interesting German documentaries about Classical Dressage at German riding school and Free (at Liberty) Dressage in a Swiss circus.
The first movie is called "The School for Horsemanship" and was made in 1994. It is about Egon von Neindorff, The Art of Classical Horsemanship, and the riding school in Germany that he had taught at since the 1950's. He was a successful dressage competitor who quit the show ring to spend the rest of his life schooling horses and equestrians. His teachings are based on the same principles as the Spanish Riding School but at his school he has a variety of horse breeds, not just Lipizzaners.
The second is called "Free Dressage" and is about the Swiss Knie Circus. It shows 3 generations of the Knie family preparing their horses for the big top. They start each horse slowly and allow the public to see all their training sessions. Everything is about building trust between the horse and the trainer. I loved watching the training methods and how they don't rush the horse. I am not a fan of animals in circus-type performances but I would love to see their show live.
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