Monday, June 21, 2010

Xenophon again

"When the time has come to dismount, the rider must never dismount among other horses or near a group of people or outside the riding-ground; but let the place where the horse is forced to work be the place where he also receives his reward of ease."  (Someday I want to have this quotation hanging in my barn)

"It is correct also to exercise the horse sometimes in one place, sometimes in another, and to make the exercises sometimes long and sometimes short; for this is less irksome to the horse than being exercised always in the same place and for the same length of time."  (And this one hanging in or around my arena)

Xenophon, The Art of Horsemanship, 430 BC - 354 BC

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