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Books: On Horsemanship by Xenophon / quote

On Horsemanship (Περὶ ἱππικῆς, peri hippikēs) has been written by Xenophon around 350 B.C. and is known as the first book ever written on the subject of horses, their selection, care and training. One text is more ancient (written by Kikkuli of the Mitanni Kingdom) but clearly not as complete as this one.

It is quite interesting to observe that most of the major principles on which modern Natural Horsemanship is based were already well known more than two thousand years ago in Greece and around the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, the philosopher Xenophon clearly deals with the following concepts:

Resources: book On Horsemanship by Xenophon
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Video: starting a dominant Arabian stallion / video

Elixir was 4 years old when I started him. He has been used to be the king of the pasture, and that included humans! He was very dominant and knew nothing about respect.

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Horses minds are jigsaw puzzles / quote

Problem horses are failed puzzles
Natural Horsemanship is a way to complete gently the puzzle of horse's mind

This is our responsibility to make sure that we did not tear or lose a piece of the puzzle.

Wild horses have left European plains and 99.9% of our horses have been bred in farms, handled as weanlings, started between their second to fourth birthdays, and sold to private owners, professional stables or riding schools.
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Horsemanship is a full-time job

Horsemanship is a full-time job

Definition of "horsemanship" is: the art or practice of riding on horseback. I think horsemanship is much more and can not be limited to the time...

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Good horsemanship consists of principles

Good horsemanship consists of principles

Horsemanship can not be limited to a method or specific exercises, as all horses are different individuals and may react differently to the same...

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Horsemanship, philosophy and way of life…

Horsemanship, philosophy and way of life…

I have mentioned in the introduction to my program that: "You will have to question yourself, your way of life, your relationship to others, the...

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Video: Re-starting an old Arabian stallion / video

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Video: Starting a young Arabian gelding / video

  • Name: Etamoor
  • Breed: Arabian
  • Age: 3 ½ years old
  • Genre: gelding

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Video: Starting a Spanish horse / video

  • Name: Finito
  • Breed: P.R.E.
  • Age: 3 ½ years old
  • Genre: gelding

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Video: Foundation groundwork and saddle work with a Quarter Horse / video

  • Name: Brego
  • Breed: Quarter Horse
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Genre: gelding

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