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Exercise therapy is accepted in human therapeutic as one of the most efficient therapy. Exercise therapy exists in equine; it is the Science of Motion®. Many talk about therapy in motion but are not valid because the fundamental problem is that to be effective, exercise therapy demands to adjust riding and training techniques to actual knowledge. Half-pass executed through traditional equitation will not rehabilitate a horse form the sacroiliac problem. Viewed from the Science of Motion® approach, the coordination of the horse’s physique allowing the horse to benefit from the move, half-pass develops and coordinates the muscular system of the horse’s thoracic spine and consequent flexion of the thoracolumbar spine. In many instances, Sacroiliac strain originates from dysfunction of the horse thoracolumbar spine. While the conventional approach focuses on the lesion, the Science of Motion® approach corrects the source of the kinematics abnormality stressing the joint.

The online horse training course is actually the experience of applying the knowledge from the studies in real life. The course supports the student in their application of the studies through the forum where direct access to JLC and his students are given for the purpose of answering questions and evaluating the applied work through videos posted.

Therapy in motion is not a complement to static therapies; it is the next generation of therapy/ It has to be done in motion as muscles tendons, fascia, do not work under the principle of release and relaxation but instead nuances in tone. It is a response to forces and forces are internal, limbs actions and external, gravity, inertia, and movements, including riders. Motion is also necessary at the level of the nervous system. Motion therapy is the next step. JLC

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Posted by on October 12, 2022 in Uncategorized


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Half pass on a circle or large pirouette from the perspective of

tensegrity and physical intelligence.

We are not talking about the half pirouette presented in the dressage ring, where the hind legs mark the steps but remain almost on the same spot. From the perspective of equine physical education, the move is without interest. We are talking about the large pirouette or half-pass on the circle that we practice at the Science of Motion.

Going right, half pass on a circle or large pirouette commences with the engagement and light adduction of the outside hind leg. The left hind leg creates the propulsive force that is going to be converted through the muscles of the thoracolumbar column into right lateral bending, coupled rotation, and displacement of the shoulders to the right. The right hind leg moves forward, but as the shoulders and the body move to the right, the inside hind leg advances under the body in a position of support. The position of the right hind leg advanced under the body is likely to increase the intensity and duration of the decelerating phase. This is how a large pirouette or half pass on a circle enhances balance control.

However, the horse has many ways to avoid the greater decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. Slight acceleration of the body or a shift of the weight over the forelegs could easily cancel the greater decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. Acceleration of shift of the body weight is more likely to be perceived by the rider’s body than the hands. The horse cans easily accelerate the motion or shift the weight on the forehand and neck without increasing the contact on the bit. This is why limiting lightness to the contact on the bit is a false understanding of lightness. The rider’s response has to be at the level of the body tone, influencing the horse’s back muscles instead of the hands. As soon as one feels the slight acceleration or shift of the horse’s body, one needs to adjust tensegrity or body tone to the horse reaction. Eventually, one might feel a slight increase in contact on the bit. The fingers should not cut the contact but instead filter it, informing the mind about adjusting the tone of the rider’s body. The key is harmonic tensegrity, a tone of the rider’s body matching the horse’s tensegrity, and allowing to feel nuances as soon as variation in the nuance starts. Going from relaxation to an adequate tone is too slow.

This is a fundamental evolution from the equitation of the correct aids. Gestures can be made without an appropriate tone. In his book, “Physical Intelligence,” Scott Grafton explains that the body is capable of reactions and almost “thoughts” more sophisticated than anything possible through manipulations and gestures. The body and the mind guide each other through life. To be effective, the equitation needs to rise at the level of subtle nuances in muscle tone. During the large pirouette, tensegrity allows the rider to feel and control light acceleration of the horse’s body before the horse body effectively accelerates. Tensegrity and subtle nuances in muscle tone, keep the conversation on the decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. At this level of conversation, the gymnastic is effective. If it takes one stride or two for the rider to feel the acceleration, it is too late, and the half pass on the circle does not increase the duration and intensity of the inside hind leg’s decelerating phase.

If one thinks, “I don’t feel it,” it is not because one lacks perception; it is because the conditions rendering the perception accurate, are not created. Improper tensegrity, too much or not enough, numbs the perception. The whole mental processing has to evolve. The body and the mind guide each other. The mind creates the conditions allowing the body to explore beyond average. If the horse does not feel the rider’s leg, the horse does not need more pressure of the rider’s leg. The horse needs a better analysis of the rider, figuring the dysfunction hampering the engagement of the horse’s hind leg.

The frequency is another element of success or lack of success. The rider needs to feel the acceleration before it starts as an increase or decrease of the tone has to be done at the horse frequency. An increase or decrease of the tone executed quicker than the horse’s frequency stimulates a protective reaction. Before the body accelerates, the horse increases the propulsive activity of the supporting hind leg. The horse also stiffens a little the thoracolumbar spine muscles. The rider cans feel the changes before the body accelerates or the weight shifts over the forelegs or on the neck. The rider can then progressively and adequately adjust the body tone.

Many have the skill of riding efficiently. The problem is not the lack of skill; the problem is the crudeness of traditional equitation. One learns formulas, the theoretical effect of the shoulder in or half pass, and believes that repeating the move educates the horse’s body. The horse is willing but protects his dysfunction instinctively. It belongs to the rider to understand the athletic demand of the movement and entertain a conversation guiding the horse mind toward efficient use of the horse’s physique.

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) For one, to ride at the level of one’s skill and the horse’s intelligence, it is necessary to converse with the horse within the space between stimulus and response. 

Jean Luc

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Posted by on August 4, 2020 in Uncategorized


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“If, instead, we believe the horse is disobedient, lazy, crazy, etc., our minds will be the soil in which our horses are buried.”Jean Luc Cornille

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Posted by on February 27, 2020 in equine quotes


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Value verses Success Jean Luc Cornille

chazot jean luc cornille

Jean Luc Cornille and Chazot


“I believe that there are two categories of ecuyers. Those who while skilled, use the horse as a tool, and those who love him and allow him to express the brilliance of which he is capable.


The former are not less expert than the latter. During dressage test they may even triumph although never taking the risk of making mistake when the opportunity to yield with the hands occurs and lightness presents itself. The later always risk being the damned poets of this art. They are misunderstood by the masses of riders who cannot distinguish between the means used by the former and those of the later.


Only the latter enjoy the true pleasure of feeling how a creature collaborates without constraint, as a friend.” (Nuno Olivera)


In the same line of thought, Albert Einstein emphasized value over success. In the early seventies, the late Commandant Durand, who later become Colonel and then General, delighted the spectators of the “Grand Parquet” with his jumping courses Durand teamed with a horse name Pitou. The Grand Parquet is very famous a show jumping place at Fontainebleau in France. Years earlier, Pitou was the winner of Three-day Event Individual Olympic gold medal of Bromont (Canada) with Jean Jacques Gillion. Pitou started a second career in show jumping with his new partner, Commandant Durand. Durand was very well known for the beauty of his stadium jumping courses. He was a delight to watch; the discretion of his rebalancing. The subtle adjustment of the take off stride, the fluidity of the course. Each jump was a demonstration. It was like a dressage freestyle over the jumps.


It was the jump off and Durand approached the last jump. The distance was a little long and Durand rebalanced the horse finding the perfect take off place. He cleared the jump and passed the finish line half a second slower than his opponent. I was watching next to the coach of the French jumping team and the coach commented, “Damned poet; he could have taken the long stride. The horse is powerful enough to make it and he would have won.” He would have won but he would have placed the horse in front of an unfair challenge. I kept my thoughts for myself but looking around, I saw a new dimension of the conflict that was in my mind. Competitors criticized Durand for choosing value over success. He was admired and criticized for been an artist more than a competitor. The jumping coach did not want Durand on the team because the career of a jumping coach relies on successes, but the blinders were full of peoples appreciating the value over the success. As soon as Durand entered the course everyone came to watch knowing that it will be beautiful. As competitors, we are slave of success; We believe that success is what spectators expect from us and we push our horses beyond their limits. Applauding the winner is part of the norm, the next day, spectators don’t even remember who was the winner, but as competitor we believe, or want to believe that the applauds are personally directed to us. Durand offered respect for the horse. He took the risk of giving to his horse the liberty of adding his style to the accuracy of the performance. He was a poet indeed and a damned good one.


I was at this time assisting the French Tree day Event National coach, riding and training world class and Olympic horses. We were applying fancy techniques making the horses do it, the team veterinarian checked every day how the horses withstood the training program, but it was no in depth analysis of how the performances challenged the horses’ physique and how we could specifically develop and coordinate each horse’s physique for the athletic demand of the performance. We believed in the efficiency of what we were doing but earlier as a young gymnast, I experienced the difference between a regional coach focusing on the problem and a more advanced coach focusing the source of the problem. I had difficulties with the landing of the summersault and the regional coach focused on the landing. I did not progress starting to think that I was not good enough. The better coach instead, analyzed my difficulty and identified the root cause, which was an imbalance in my back muscles. The national coach did not let me practice the move as I was using wrong muscles and developed instead a gymnastic program correcting my back muscles imbalance. Once he felt that my back was functional. The coach let me try the summersault and I landed perfectly square. I expected the same level of analysis with equine athletes but both, training and therapeutic concerns were about the problem but not the source of the kinematics abnormality causing the lesion or the soreness.

I dreamed that one could be a winning poet. I wanted to win but I totally agreed with Colonel Margot when he told me, “There is no glory in a victory gained at the expenses of the horse’s soundness.” 


Equine researches were at this time in their infancy, but it was already pertinent thoughts. Richard Tucker suggested that it was the back muscles that lifted the back instead of the abdominal muscles, the core, as commonly emphasized. “An initial thrust on the column is translated into a series of predominantly vertical and horizontal forces which diminish progressively as they pass from one vertebrae to the next”. (Richard Tucker-1964). It was obvious that abdominal muscles could not create the sophisticated coordination of the back muscles converting the thrust generated by the hind legs into horizontal and vertical forces. Shortening the horse lower line could only create an overall flexion of the horse thoracolumbar spine. I always have found this traditional explanation overly simplistic; The flexibility of the whole thoracolumbar spine is not even; vertebrae situated in the cranial thoracic vertebrae have twelve articular facets while vertebrae situated further back only have six articular surfaces, Lateral bending occurs within the ninth and sixteenth thoracic vertebrae, transversal rotation is located mostly between the ninth and fourteenth thoracic vertebrae, etc. It never appeared accurate that such a diversity of motions could be precisely orchestrated form a contraction of the abdominal and pectoral muscles. The thought that such refinement was made by the back muscles was more in line with the anatomy of the equine back.


The problem is that conventional riding principles promoted concept such as shifts of the rider weight that were in contradiction with the construction and setting of the back muscles and therefore ineffective in creating subtle muscular coordination. It was then necessary to reconsider the teaching of our predecessors in the light of new knowledge. As I further understood how the horse physique effectively functions, it became more and more difficult to combine value and success. Techniques that I had successfully applied for success were no longer acceptable from the perspective of ethic and value as they did not prepare efficiently the horse physique for the athletic demand of the performance. These techniques were making the horse do it but failed to provide adequate muscular development and orchestration. Even worse, some of these techniques induced damaging stresses on the vertebral column and limbs joints.


I came to the realization that even if I believed that I loved the horses, what I was doing, and have been trained to believe, was about loving to win more than loving the horse. It was a crisis; my business demanded that I won, or at the less I was brain washed to believe it. General Durand proved otherwise. He had a successful career placing respect of the horse and therefore value above success. I decided that using the horse as a tool was not a way I wanted to live my equestrian life. I decided that I will not make the horse do it but instead I will further study how the horse physique effectively functions and, damned poet, I will never ask a movement without giving first to the horse the athletic development and coordination allowing expression of the athlete’s full potential and style and soundness.

Interestingly, the percentage of success did not diminish. Some judges did not like it, but the ones with greater experience and sound intuition did. The soundness was a major result. Horses remained sound, performing better and for a longer period of time. The problem was to explain. It was no doubt that many riders had the intuition and the skill and the will to further their equitation but all the words had already been used for the wrong feeling, the wrong coordination, the wrong meaning and the wrong picture. When I was using the term “collection” I was thinking about proper education of the back muscles but the word was understood according to the definition promoted in the training pyramid and other schools. The solution was explaining the practical application of advanced research studies through a clear explanation of the way the horse physique effectively functions.


The ones who want continue to believe in simplistic and false theories such as stretching and relaxation, will continue to believe in stretching and relaxation even if the horse body functions at the level of subtle nuances in muscle tone instead of lack of muscle tone. They confound equitation and religion. They want that the horse embrace their faith instead of questioning their faith in the light of factual documentation of test analysis, which is Linus Paulin’s definition of science. Those are the formers. The later instead, upgrade the wisdom of our ancestors to actual knowledge and enjoy the true pleasure of feeling how a creature collaborates without constraint, as a friend. Jean Luc Cornille


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IHTC-The In Hand Therapy Course

The In Hand Therapy Course
A zest of classicism and a large body of science.

Jean Luc Cornille

A one year course of Corrective Biomechanics In Hand Therapy Course (IHTC) is designed for therapists anxious to further their knowledge as well as riders/trainers interested in extending their ability to reeducate horses and prevent injuries. IHTC provides both, knowledge and the practical application of knowledge.

Three monthly studies, – “In Hand Technique” – “Equine biomechanics and corrective biomechanics” – “Case study”

-The In Hand Technique is the zest of classicism. The technique is inspired from General Decarpentry’s Academic Equitation and updated to actual knowledge of the equine physiology.

-This specific in hand technique allows accessing and influencing the horse’s vertebral column mechanism. (Most limbs kinematics abnormalities originate from improper functioning of the horse’s thoracolumbar spine).

-Monthly instructive videos teach first the basic and then, the many subtleties of the technique. (It does not take long to teach the basics, however, there is a lot more to this technique than walking next to the horse performing some movements. The in hand education focuses on achieving sophisticated control of the horse’s vertebral column mechanism.)

The continuing education series (biomechanics) explains,
– How the horse’s physique is designed to work, (functional horse).
– Kinematics abnormalities leading to injuries
– Kinematics abnormalities created by training misconceptions.

For instance, the first study explains and demonstrates the hind and front limbs braking and propulsive activities, how they can be modified and enhanced. The next study focuses on the management and forward transmission of the thrust generated by the hind legs forward through the vertebral column, etc.

The case studies are not necessarily about in hand work. Their purpose is to demonstrate analytic and thought processes leading to the source of the kinematics abnormality causing injury. No successful therapy can be completed without addressing the root of the problem. However, it is not always easy to identify the source of the kinematic abnormalities.

-IHTC is a twelve month program sanctioned at the end by a certificate of completion.

-The monthly timeframe selected for this course, allows time to gradually master the technique. The in hand technique is sophisticated and demands practice.

-The course can be started anytime. The twelve month course starts at the date of purchase. The three monthly studies, “In hand Education”, “Biomechanics and Corrective Biomechanics”, and “Case Studies”, follows a progressive order of difficulty.

-Monthly studies are DVDs (shipped via UPS)and/or PDF files (downloaded on computer).

-The course provides information that cannot be found anywhere else. Some of the videos and documents are exclusive to the IHTC.

-IHTC’s students have a 30% reduction for the Immersiom weekends scheduled during the time of the course and all of the Science of Motion’s publications that are not included in the IHTC.

Fees and conditions.

Single annual payment, $1600.00
Monthly payment, $175.00 per month. (Annual cost $2100.00)
Visit our web for payment or to subscribe.HERE

Fees includes UPS shipments.
Studies are mailed on a monthly basis starting one week after payment.
Payments can be made through PayPal,
or by check to Jean Luc Cornille. 2772 Lenora road,
Snellville 30039
The first package will come with the DVD “One Hand on his Shoulder”. (Or any other video of your choice if you already have One Hand On His Shoulder)

If you have any question, please contact Helyn,
Tel, 941 539 6207

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Chazot Thoughts

Chazot Thoughts
Jean Luc Cornille

“Science allows us to look at natural processes with a different eye and to understand how things work, (Marc Kaufman)

Tonight I came back from my training session feeling simultaneously good and tired. I held my neck outside of my stall, but I was not really looking outside. I was looking inside myself thinking about my body. Manchester asked, hard work? I told him not really; we stayed at the walk the entire training session. Manchester immediately asked; something wrong? Usually he does that when he wants you to work very specific muscles groups. I confessed that yesterday, as I was rolling energetically in the sand I overdid and I did not feel very comfortable for the rest of the day. That evening I was glad that he did not ask too much. We started at the trot and he noticed that when he was changing the diagonal of his rising trot, I protected myself for a few strides. I don’t think that I was lame but I was cautious. He walked, let me rest and asked for a few longitudinal and lateral flexions. He then stopped thinking you hurt yourself again. His mind was on a quote that he feels does fit me very well. “Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” (Franklin P. Jones)

Manchester added, as if he could read my mind, and today you did the whole training session at the walk. And tonight you feel like your whole body has been worked intensively. I wondered how he knew all that but then he told me. When I first started my reeducation, I stayed two months at the walk. I had been submitted to numerous therapies but once set in motion I did what we are all doing instinctively, I protected my problem. I sheltered my left stifle extending my left hind limb without using my knee extensors. I have done that since day one and this is why not one of the previous approaches ever reached my problem. My protective reflex mechanism did not fool him. He knows that we can execute exactly the same movement using different muscle groups. In fact, talking about my left stifle I can feel that he was thinking about a study that he had read earlier on. He had a sentence in his mind. If I remember right, it was something like, “A visually identical hind limb extension in late stance may be accomplished by only hip extensor muscles, only knee extensor muscles or any combination of these.” (Liduin S. Meershoek and Anton J. van den Bogert. Mechanical Analysis of Locomotion.) I guess, late stance means the end of the support phase since it is the moment where we are using these muscles. He played with my balance, slightly changed my body posture. He focused on the longitudinal flexion of my spine and I realized then that I was using my knee extensors. I stop immediately thinking, this is going to hurt, but it did not hurt, so I tried again. Little by little, my muscles became stronger and when he asked for the trot I was not too worried about it. He did not really ask me any specific movement. He does not think that repeating a movement can educate our body. He is right about that. For years I executed many movements without ever using my knee extensors muscles on the left side. My riders were focusing on neck posture and other details and meanwhile, I was executing the move protecting my problem.

Well, this whole story looks very much like what we did today and I reacted like Manchester, I halted when I was worried about the pain. Each time, he waited a few minutes and asked me to move forward into slightly different body coordination. I could not tell him exactly where I was uncomfortable because this was not very clear to me. When I realized that he was not disturbed by me stopping, I used it as an indication. I think this was helpful. He was listening to my body language trying a different coordination or nuance. He created lateral flexion to the left and then to the right changing the longitudinal flexion of my spine each time I was becoming a little tense. At one moment, I felt quite comfortable. I guess I was clear in my reaction because he recreated over and over the same coordination.
It was a lot of concentration and I halted because I was mentally tired. He dismounted, checked my back on the right side behind the saddle thinking same tomorrow, may be one more day after and you should be OK. On the way home, he was thinking about a study recently published form Australia, animals can only learn actively, not passively. This is so true. We do not keep in motion the benefices of static therapies. Instinctively we return to familiar patterns. We do not naturally work a problem but rather we naturally protect it. If no one guides our brain toward a body coordination that makes us work the right muscles, we cannot do that by our own.

By the way, I was reading his last article. The funny thing is that he writes with a French accent.
Jean Luc Cornille


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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Equine Professional Speaker Lecturer For Hire

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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Equine, horse news


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The Making Of Chazot

There are very good programs today that guide the newfound owners of thoroughbred race horses through the delicate task of introducing them to their second career. Problems often arise with conventional equestrian education, which emphasizes the “clever manipulation of reward and punishment”.  This approach does not take into consideration the imprint left in the horse’s mind from their experience on the race track. The wounds are real and influence the way the thoroughbred horse processes mentally.

This is true for all breeds of horses. The reeducation process is always hampered by the presence of bad memories that will be reawakened by any signal of near resonance. As long as training philosophies do not take a resolutely new direction, horses will protect themselves from a new type of submission the same way they survived previous submissive techniques.

Thoroughbreds do not submit well, but they excel in partnership. So do most horses. Given a chance, horses perform willingly. They even take pertinent initiatives. The chance they need is a great leader. Jim Collins (Good to Great) distinguishes good leaders who select skilled partners with whom they share their views, and great leaders who also select talented partners but adjust their views to the greater benefit of their partner’s talent.

“Leaders don’t force people to follow; they invite them on a journey.” (Charles S. Lauer) Every training technique claims to invite the horse into a journey, yet starts with thesubmission to the rider’s aids. The physical coordination that allows the horse to perform soundly and at its full potential demands more sophistication than does the submission to the rider’s aids. There are 183 synovial articulations in the horse’s vertebral column. The subtle and simultaneous coordination of these many articulations is controlled by the horse’s central nervous system, the brain. Such coordination can be guided by another brain, the rider’s brain. Leading the horse toward soundness and success can be achieved while engaging and respecting the horse’s intelligence.

One may say, yes but, when you start a young horse… This program is about starting a young horse and gives him a chance to perform soundly and at his full potential. The horse education from A to Z is segmented into DVDs. The first one is “The Making of Chazot”, DVD (A). The last one will be “The Making of Chazot, DVD (Z)

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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Equine, horse news, horse training, horses


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Drowning The Fish newsletter

The truth is that in multiple instances, advanced technologies and intelligent studies question fundamental values. Our newsletter is about questioning traditional values in the light of recent scientific discoveries. Doing so, we are furthering the spirit of the equestrian tradition that places the horses’ health and performances above the cult of history.
“Respect for tradition should not exclude the love of progress”. (Colonel Danloux, 1931)

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Posted by on July 18, 2010 in Uncategorized


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