The Institute placed great emphasis on ethical and moral values such as a certain etiquette and good manners shown to each other and also the horses. Furthermore, mutual respect, modesty, courtesy, a clean and tidy appearance, and most importantly, self-discipline sometimes bordering on self-sacrifice, were considered important virtues.
Equitation or the Art of Riding means to cultivate the movement of the horse with as little effort as possible, Egon von Neindorff stipulated. Students at the Institute were taught the perfect seat, and in conjunction with nearly imperceptible aids, the horse was brought into balance under the rider. As a result, it was able to carry itself in all the gaits and through all the movements. The horse was never reduced to being a mere recipient of orders, it should wait for the rider’s instructions out of its own volition and be happy to give its best. The horse was considered a partner, and not a piece of sports equipment.
Egon von Neindorff was awarded the German Federal Service Cross and the German Riders’ Cross in Gold. He was ‘always on duty’, as he himself used to put it. Only a few hours before he died on 19 May 2004, he was busy doing what he loved – training his students.