Terre à Terre

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The Terre à Terre (from the French. "Terre" = ground-to-ground) is a term from the classical equitation , it is one of the schools in the ground (in contrast to the airs above the ground ). These include lateral movements , piaffe , passage , canter pirouette , canter change and mezair .

The terre à terre represents a refinement of the basic gait of gallop. Its expressive raised phase (with Mezair, Courbette and Carrière) is the only form of representation of galloping horses in the fine arts up to the invention of photography.

Terre à terre is the name given to a short, high swing gallop in two or slightly offset four- beats . Both front hooves are raised and set down again slightly offset in front of each other, then both hind legs jump in the same way. There is little or no space gain.

Due to the offset landing of the hooves, there is a left terre à terre and a right terre à terre, with the foreleg that gives the name of the foot in front of the other. If the pairs of legs jump exactly next to each other, one speaks of mezair, a particularly raised mezair is called a courbette.

Individual evidence

  1. Andreas Strobl : Art and Science, Sister Fields or Two Worlds? In: Art and Science Politics and Modernity. Volume V, 2001.
  2. ^ François Robichon de la Guérinière : Ecole de cavalerie. 1783.