This classic work is not only one of the most beautiful books on horses ever published, but also a landmark in the development of equestrian technique. William Cavendish’s emphasis on systematic and humane training was revolutionary for its era, and his teaching has exerted a lasting and far-reaching influence on the art of riding. A General System of Horsemanship was first published in a French edition in 1658, illustrated with 42 superb engravings, all of which accompany this edition. William Cavendish (1593-1676), the Earl, Marquis, and Duke of Newcastle, was one of the most accomplished men of his era.
About the Author:
William Cavendish (1593-1676), Duke of Newcastle, was one of the most accomplished horsemen of his era.
Text: English, French (translation)
The way to good riding is timeless, November 5, 2001
Once you get over the different style of font and familiarize yourself with the vocabulary this book privides for some exciting reading. This man must have been a genius. He provides detail description of how to loosen up your young horse in the shoulders and further work and exercises in a precise way which still pertains to the basics how we ride today. Its sometimes good to go back to the original sources.
Fortunate Cavendish put it in writing, July 8, 2001
By Paul Schwartzberg (Berlin, Germany)
Together with books by Gueriniere, Mueseler, and Podhasky (see these) this too is a very important book concerning classical dressage. The text gives the impression of being written with considerable thought…this contrasts somewhat with some modern dressage texts. This text together with Guerniere’s is recommendable.