The Art of Horsemanship
Words of wisdom from over 2500 years ago?
What possible value could they have today?
Discover an ancient Greek general that embraced
many of the principles of natural horsemanship
and advocated training methods based on mutual
respect and cooperation. This book is the oldest
existing work on the subject of horsemanship,
and offers sage advice still meaningful today.
Xenophon notes that anything forced or
misunderstood can never be beautiful: "for what
the horse does under compulsion is done without
understanding; and there is no beauty in it
either, any more than if one should whip and
spur a dancer." He delighted in horses that were
so happy in their training that they "go forward
most cheerfully", unforced and naturally.
Straightforward and very readable, join this
ancient Greek for a lively and practical discussion
of how horses should be treated and trained. He
even has some excellent advice for maintaining
"Xenophon's philosophy and many techniques, though tailored for the development of a war-horse,
demonstrate the ageless capacity for human empathy toward the horse. The horse centered work
makes the goal of a harmonious partnership attainable. The book interweaves aspects of barn
management, riding technique, and early human psychological insights. The translation keeps this work
relevant and vibrant. The overriding theme is one of responsibility for the education and wellbeing of
the horse." -- Kurt from United Kingdom
"This is a must if you are passionate about horses. It is so clear and to the essential point that it is a
pleasure to read." -- J.M. from New York
Star Ridge Company
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