Arete Philosophy


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At Arete Farm our goal is to breed and train horses that are happy, willing athletes with sound bodies and minds.

Arete means “being the best you can be,” or “reaching your highest individual potential.”   This is what we strive for at Arete Farm — nurturing and bringing out the best in each horse and each person.

For a horse to reach its full potential, it needs a slow, methodical training program combined with a kind, safe environment where it can gain its own confidence.  At Arete Farm we believe in traditional, proven training principles that are not rushed.  Only by using classical approaches to build strong, supple musculature can a horse be a happy, willing athlete that will be healthy and sound for its entire life.

In its earliest appearance in Greek culture, the idea of “Arete” was ultimately tied to fulfillment of purpose or function:  the act of living up to one’s full potential.  Sometimes translated as “virtue,” Arete in its basic sense means excellence of any kind. It is pronounced ah – ret – EE.

 “If the art were not so difficult we would have plenty of good riders and excellently ridden horses, but as it is the art requires, in addition to everything else, character traits that are not combined in everyone: inexhaustible patience, firm perseverance under stress, courage combined with quiet alertness. If the seed is present only a true, deep love for the horse can develop these character traits to the height that alone will lead to the goal.”  — Gustav Steinbrecht

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