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Horses Are Made to Be Horses Hardcover – 15 Oct 1991

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (15 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876058551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876058558
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Horses Are Made To Be Horses is both a testament to the life and ideals of the former Spanish Riding School instructor, Franz Mairinger and a tribute from his many pupils and associates. The book is based on notes from lectures and demonstrations given throughout Australia by Franz Mairinger and painstakingly assembled by his widow, Erna, friends, pupils, and followers of his teaching.

Every page communicates the presence and personality of the teacher as he instructs, persuades, argues, accuses, jokes, provokes, and draws analogies from many areas of human experience. In dispelling the myth of the whip–wielding dictator he creates the picture of a patient and caring horseman who regards discipline as the basis for social stability as well as the natural order. His profound understanding of the horse involves the belief in its true place and purpose in creation, as an animal whose energies and talents are best expressed by following the pattern of nature–never by invoking force.

This book is essential and wholly enjoyable reading for all serious riders who wish to compete in dressage, show jumping, or three–day eventing. The text emphasises a gradual progression from the basic philosophy and psychology of riding, to the simplest and eventually the most advanced movements, dressage, jumping, combined training, and judging. The carefully chosen illustrations reflect just as truly as his words, Franz Mairinger′s quest for perfection in all aspects of horsemanship and his continuity with history′s great masters of the art of riding.
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About the Author

FRANZ MAIRINGER was born in Vienna on 11 December 1915, the son of an engineer. He enlisted in the Austrian Cavalry in 1935 and was soon chosen to attend the highly regarded Cavalry School of Hanover where he spent two years receiving thorough training in jumping and three–day eventing. His skill so impressed the Director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna that he was offered a position at the School, where he worked for more than twelve years with great success. In 1951, after a time as a private instructor in Switzerland, he left Europe to begin a new life in Australia with his family. His appointment as the first trainer of an Australian Olympic Equestrian team in 1955 was the beginning of an extraordinarily successful association. With his skilled guidance, the Australian team gained fourth place at the 1956 Stockholm Olympics (Equestrian) and followed this by winning a gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960. In all, Franz Mairinger trained six Australian teams for the Olympics and was preparing the seventh at the time of his death on 10 May 1978 — a tragic loss both to all Australian riders and to the international equestrian world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 14 July 1999
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Mairinger (of the Spanish Riding School) does a fantastic job of explaining the theory of classical dressage. His insights into the mechanics of the horse's movement (balance, self-carriage, etc) are particularly enlightening. This is a must-read for any student of dressage.
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This is a wonderful read, told beautifully but Mairinger also manages to get the philosophy of dressage across to the reader without going into details of the movement. This is more of a philosophy of dressage but in doing so Mairinger manages to explain and emphasise the need for consistency in your seat and aids. How starting off with a good seat enables you to build from there. I read it in upon recommendation by my instructer (a pupil of a pupil of Mairinger's) and it enabled me to understand what she was getting at in her lessons. His anecdotes and stories while explanatory also make for an enjoyable read.
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This is the best book ever written about training horses. I wish I could have had the hounor to meet Mr Mairinger like my neighbour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for any rider 2 Nov. 2010
By Terrie Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book, full of great information. Fantastic insight into the horse and his brain. Though the writing itself is a bit cumbersome in some respects, overall the philosophy and information makes sense and is interesting. I am recommending this book to all my dressage friends, but I think this is a must have book for anyone that rides.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect match! 6 April 2013
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Fundamental knowledge of r e a l riding. Ex Spanish Riding School master and the trainer of olympic team gives his best advice for future riders. Recommended for modern riders. Suitable and perfect match for advantage levels. And so much fun in writing as well!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Psychology of Training - from the horse's and your point of view 18 May 2010
By Melissa J. Aldenhoven - Published on Amazon.com
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The most valuable book I've read on training a horse. One point that Mairinger makes that I most particularly like is that you are never too old to learn to train a horse properly and fix your problems. A book for the mature rider ( a lot of text and not many pics) but inspirational and changed the way I ride and approach training my horse with every chapter I read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Sept. 2015
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Happy with item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Jan. 2015
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good condition, as expected
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