Thursday, October 9, 2014

What Is The Croupade?

In the croupade, the horse leaps directly upwards, with its body parallel to the ground. This maneuver might be used to avoid an attack and is also a precursor to the far, far more difficult (and famous) capriole.

This Ludwig Koch painting (public domain) shows a horse performing the croupade. I'm struggling to tell whether the dark skinned man behind is a trainer with a whip or whether it's actually a sword he's holding.

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