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The Art of Horsemanship [Paperback]

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29 Sep 2006
Among the earliest known works on choosing, caring for, and riding horses, this book is still hailed — 2,300 years after it was written — as one of the most complete, thoughtful, and accessible guides of its type. Morris H. Morgan's fluid translation features 38 illustrations of this classic's practical tips and enlightened observations.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; illustrated edition edition (29 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447537
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Xenophon ca. 430 - 354 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, also known as Xenophon of Athens and Xenophon of Thebes, was a soldier, mercenary, and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and the life of ancient Greece. Xenophon is often cited as being the original "horse whisperer", having advocated sympathetic horsemanship in his "On Horsemanship".

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4.0 out of 5 stars 2,500 years ago, but his techniques still valid! 25 Feb 2002
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An excellent translation, keeping the feel of the authors intentions but maintaining readability by the use of modern language.
A fascinating book for anyone interested in riding through the ages. Xenophon talks of handling and riding horses for the purpose of using them in warfare and includes such strange references as "how to mount using your javelin". Whilst the reality of war shows through in his methods, they are still often less harsh and more considerate to the horse than many modern ones, thus proving the expediency of a sympathetic approach to horsemanship: he was a warrior, but still believed that force was useless in dealing with horses.
In some cases he uses descriptions that you would see in books today: his careful description of how to put a bridle on a horse is almost word for word what we are taught 2,500 years later!
Many modern teachers could learn a lot from the empathy that he explain as being vital to success with horses.
Fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 24 Mar 2010
By Becky B
Format:Paperback
If, like me, you're fascinated by classical dressage or you're just interested in a learning a little of the history of horsemanship this book is work a read.

It was very interesting to learn how old many of our equestrian philosophies are. There are many things spoken of in this book which the reader will find familiar.
It was beautiful to read the treatment that Xenophon advocated for the horse. He speaks respectfully about the horse and encourages the handler to think about physical and mental health at all times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient horsemanship 13 Jan 2012
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This was an interesting read and encouraged me to try bareback riding. It was also interesting to read up on horsecare in the times when the horse was the ultimate means of travel on land. I don't know enough about horse conformation but the part about choosing a horse and what to look for in a colt or filly was also informative. Mounting with the aid of a spear probably not that relevant nowadays but the keeping of a horse on cobbles to toughen its feet was something I had not heard of before. A good read and not that long.
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