École de Cavalerie the Complete Part II

François Robichon de la Guérinière (1688-1751) is considered to be the Father of French Equitation and Modern Dressage. His book, École de Cavalerie was first published in 1731. Centuries later, it is still thought by many to be the most revolutionary book on riding of all time. Guérinière's work was praised by the late Colonel Alois Podhajsky, former director of the Spanish Riding School for being clear, easy to understand, and based on simplicity and facts. The new edition of École de Cavalerie, The Complete Part II: Expanded Edition with Appendix, includes all of Part II with additional chapters and a new translation of Chapter VI from Part I: On the bridle. Read more...

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La Guérinière’s book, École de Cavalerie, was first published in 1731 and again under different titles between 1733 and 1802. We are pleased to offer this newly expanded edition, École de Cavalerie, The Complete Part II: Expanded Edition with an Appendix from Part I On the Bridle. The serious dresseur who reads La Guérinière’ss work will discover the depth and quality of information that has formed the base of much of our equestrian theory. Based on simplicity and facts, his writing is clear and easy to understand and this English translation has been kept as literal as possible. Contemporary riders will note that the vast majority of La Guérinière’s teachings still hold true in modern practice.

This complete edition contains Chapters I-XXII of Part II of École de Cavalerie:The Method of Training Horses According to the Different Ways in Which They Will Be Used. Additionally, Chapters XIX through XXII are new to this edition and contain valuable subjects: the war horse, the hunt horse, the coach horse and other matters such as tournaments, jousting and carousels. The author reveals important training advice that will be invaluable to riders of many disciplines. Further expanding this edition is an Appendix including a new translation of Chapter VI from Part I: On the bridle. Includes large reproductions of the engravings from the 1733 edition with enhanced footnotes and definitions for today’s readers.

Xenophon Press. Paperback. 160 pages. ISBN: 9780933316690.

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