The Art of Horsemanship
Of all the enlightening works on the subject of horsemanship, La Guérinière's Ecole de Cavalerie, published in 1731, remains unsurpassed as the fundamental teaching upon which Classical dressage is based. This set of principles in equitation requires the trainer to work with the natural aptitude of the horse in order to bring about harmonious movement. Classical dressage cannot be practiced without patience, kindness and the lightest of touch. It is a fluid art form that requires us to control ourselves as well as the movement of the horse, and only after years of dedication can we aspire to more than the occasional moment of perfection
"While you are riding a stallion, there will always be mares."
"Everything has a reason, and can be explained with reference to balance, not force or power”
"The secret in riding is to do only a few things but to do them right."
"The more you do, the less success you will have."
"The less you do, the more will go right."
"I don’t want to have riders who tire themselves out. Work by thinking instead."
"It is good to ride with closed eyes once in a while."
“Two minds must want to do what two bodies can.”