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Nuno Oliveira Piaffer

Nuno Oliveira

"Nuno Oliveira (23 June 1925 – 2 February 1989) was a Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer and dressage instructor. His teachings have inspired riders and trainers all over the world to adopt the 'baroque' or 'classical' style of working with the horse; an art which goes back hundreds of years and encompasses the fundamentals which most 'modern' disciplines can be traced back to.

Nuno was born in Lisbon on 23 June 1925. He studied riding under Joaquim Goncalves de Miranda, in the style of the riding academy of Versailles. A great teacher, he possessed a near-encyclopedic knowledge of equestrian theory that crossed many styles and countries. His principal influences were François Robichon de La Guérinière, Gustav Steinbrecht and François Baucher. Oliveira was offered, but declined, the post of director of the Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre. He enjoyed opera music when riding especially Verdi." - Wikipedia


Quotes of Nuno Oliveira

Training a horse is above all feeling and trying, according to what you feel, to help the horse and not to force him.

It is a mistake to keep the horse on the bit for too long. He must be relaxed at the walk on the long rein regularly, and afterwards he must be carefully put back together again.

Equitation is not the search for public acclaim and self-satisfaction after applause, and it is not pleasing a judge. It is a one to one dialogue with the horse and the search for harmony and perfection.

In the calmness of the walk, horse and rider can find the time to think and to prepare the quality of the following trot and canter.

A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity, because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities.

For the young, the practice of equitation is a valuable lesson, as it requires the exercise of all human virtue. If they are introduced to the practice of riding by understanding and patient teachers, then they too will develop these traits. The young rider grows to realize the horse is a partner, rather than a slave, who also deserves love and understanding.

Every rein aid must be preceded by an action of the torso. Otherwise, you only address the horse's head.

Every time the rider forgets to regulate the cadence, the horse begins to take control.

The horse is the best judge of a good rider, not the spectator. If the horse has a high opinion of the rider, he will let himself be guided, in not, he will resist.

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