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First published in the late 19th century, this book is truly a work of remarkable coherence, comprehensiveness, and depth of understanding. Gustav Steinbrecht's reputation as a master in the art of dressage makes The Gymnasium of the Horse a cornerstone of equestrian literature. Translated into English by Helen K. Gibble from the 10th German edition, sections are: Rider's Seat and Aids; Purpose of Dressage; Systematic Training of the Horse; School Movements; Epilogue.

Copyright © 2011 Xenophon Press
Translated from German by Helen K. Gibble


Digital Audio Edition © 2015 Gold Leaf Farm & Co., LLC


ISBN 978-0-9860739-4-6  - Digital Audio Edition produced by Gold Leaf Farm & Co., LLC.
Audio book read by Sara Morsey.
Recorded at Mirror Image Studio in Gainesville, FL by Bob McPeek.

The audio version of The Gymnasium of the Horse was produced through agreement with Xenophon Press. For hardcopy or electronic versions of this and other fine works, please visit the website.

The Audiobook edition includes “book chapters” accessible through iTunes. The mp3 files may be downloaded or streamed. This work is divided into Sections, and within each section the content is further divided into parts with their related topics and end notes.

The total listening time for The Gymnasium of the Horse is  18 hours, 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Each of the 7 Discs contains approximately 2.5 hours. 

Content Outline  (download Table of Contents here)

Introductory Material and Section A: The Rider's Seat and Aids – 2 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds

Opening Credits – 2:10
Forward – 7:19
Preface for the Reprint – 3:24
Preface by the Publisher of the First Edition – 7:15
Introduction to the Fourth Edition – 11:54
A1. The Rider’s Seat and Aids - The Seat – 24:10
   The Rider's Seat – Endnotes 2:26
A2. The Aids 2:45
A2a. The Driving Aids – 24:10
   The Driving Aids Endnotes – 4:55
A2b. The Restraining Aids – 30:57
   The Restraining Aids Endnotes – 7:27
A2c. The Supporting Aids – 36:35
   The Supporting Aids Endnotes – 1:11

The Purpose of Dressage – 49 minutes, 35 seconds
B1. The Purpose of Dressage - General Comments – 26:25
The Purpose of Dressage  Endnotes –  :44
B2. Letting the Horse Find Its Balance – 20:08
Letting the Horse Find Its Balance Endnotes – 2:18

C1. Systematic Training of the Horse – 1 hours, 5 minutes, 8 seconds
C1. Work on the Lunge – 25:00
   Work on the Lunge Endnotes – 1:43
C2. Starting the Young Horse Developing Thrust through Natural Carriage – 11:26
   Developing Thrust Endnotes – :26
C3. The Artificial Carriage of the Horse – 25:46
   Artificial Carriage of the Horse Endnotes – :47

C4. Bending the Horse –  3 hours, 7 minutes, 26 seconds

C4. Bending the Horse – 6:57
C4a. Bending the Neck – 39:23
   Bending the Neck End Notes  – 4:52
C4b. Bending the Poll – 50:32
   Bending the Poll End Notes – 8:15
C4c. Bending the Spine 32:37
   Bending the Spine End Notes – 3:48
C4d. Bending the Hind Legs – 38:05
   Bending the Hind Legs End Notes – 2:57

Lessons on One Track and Two Tracks – 3 hours, 32 minutes, 58 seconds
C5. Bending the Horse on One Track – 1:05:42
   Bending the Horse on One Track End Notes – 7:44
C6. Lessons on Two Tracks
C6a. Shoulder-In – 1:02:21
   Shoulder-in  End Notes – 5:43
C6b. Travers – 19:32
  Travers End Notes – 1:55
C6c. Counter-Movements – 44:03
   Counter-Movements End Notes 5:58

The Canter – 2 hours, 34 minutes, 4 seconds
C7. The Canter Part 1 1:07:00
The Canter Part 2 1:17:22
   The Canter End Notes 9:42

D. School Movements – 3 hours, 47 minutes, 22 seconds
D1. Lower Lever Movements 27:59
Lover Level End Notes – 3:19
D2a. Movements of the Haute E’cole – Piaffe and Passage – Part One – 1:13:44
Piaffe and Passage Part Two – 1:10:50
  Piaffe and Passage End Notes – 13:31
D2b. Haute E’cole and Airs Above the Ground –  36:35
Haute E’cole and Airs End Notes – 1:24

E. Epilogue 35 minutes, 4 seconds
Epilogue – 34:18
Epilogue End Notes – :20
Closing Credits – :26

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