Pura Raza Española (PRE) Elegido
My 12-year-old PRE Elegido has been staying with me since
1999. When I bought Elegido he was a young stallion who had come
directly from Spain. It was very important to me then that he was
absolutely raw at the age of five, as the Spanish horses are unfortunately
trained at the early age of three these days and I didn’t
want to have to correct a horse.
After I had bought Elegido he started to show signs of restlessness
when he met mares in the stable or in pasture. That is why I decided
to have him castrated. I have never regretted this decision since
he is a very sensitive, almost hysterical horse who will certainly
have a more peaceful life as a gelding.
Soon I moved to Bent’s stables to start my work as a trainer.
Elegido has been learning the Renaissance of the Art of Riding all the way
together with me, from the first work on the ground to the high
level of education today.
As in Guérinière’s times he used to be trained
with a cavesson during ground and longe work, then continued with
a combination of cavesson and curb. After his gymnastic training
had so far advanced that I was able to perform one-handed all the
side movements (“versal” and “traversal”)
in walk, trot and collected canter with him, I went on to introduce
him to the side saddle.
After seven years of training Elegido has perfected almost all
the airs on the ground. Thank God, practicing all these lessons
in a beautiful state of Losgelassenheit never ends. (It would be
too boring to work in a constant state of perfection, or, to quote
Guérinière: “Perfection kills grace”.)
My plans for Elegido are to master all the airs on the ground in
the side saddle as well as astride and ultimately perform the “levade”
both ways. This has become a purpose in life for both of us.