The Art of Horsemanship
by Xenophon

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 barefooted horses!
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Reader Review

"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

Reader Review

"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
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Softcover, 192 pgs $11.95