First published in 1733 as Ecole de Cavalerie by François Robichon de la Guérinière, this book is considered the beginning of modern equitation. Guérinière was the first person that took shoulder-in off a circle and straight ahead on the long side and he called it the "alpha and omega of all exercises." The theories in this book provide the basis for all modern equitation, and it is probably the most important work on the subject ever written. It was translated from the French to English by Tracy Boucher.
The School of Horsemanship is divided into three parts, but this audio book only includes Part Two, which is the part about training and riding. Part One describes the physical parts of the horse, tack, and how to feed a horse and Part Three explains how to treat illnesses in the horse.
From the Forward by Paul Belasik: "Alois Podhajsky, the late Director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, said about the writings of François Robichon de la Guérinière in his own classical book, The Complete Training of Horse and Rider: 'there is no need to discuss Guérinière teachings in detail in this work, not because they are not sufficiently interesting, but because they are applied unaltered at the Spanish Riding School and may be seen there in daily use.”
Audiobook available as an MP3 and to Stream Online.
Audio book read by Sara Morsey.
Copyright © 1994 J. A. Allen
Digital Audio Edition © 2014 Gold Leaf Farm & Co., LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9860739-3-9 - Digital Audio Edition produced by Gold Leaf Farm & Co., LLC.
The audio version of School of Horsemanship was produced through agreement with the publishers J. A. Allen, an imprint of Robert Hale Ltd, London, www.allenbooks.co.uk. The complete hardcopy version is out of print, but used copies can be purchased on Amazon. Part Two of the book has been published by Xenophon Press www.shop.xenophonpress.com and is also available through Amazon.
The audiobook edition includes “book chapters” accessible through iTunes. The mp3 files may be downloaded or streamed. The work is divided into 3 parts, each providing roughly 2 hours of content.
Disc 1 of 3
Opening - Chapter 6
2 hours, 24 seconds
Disc 2 of 3
Chapters 7 - 16
2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
Disc 3 of 3
Chapters 17 - 22
2 hours, 3 minutes, 24 seconds