Xenophon on Caring for Horses

At this point, I’m convinced that On Horsemanship was Pony Club Manual of ancient times, minus the ratings. Maybe there’s an extended director’s cut version by Xenophon that also includes ratings. We can only hope.  After selecting your horse, Xenophon describes the best way to care for it. Spoiler alert: have someone else do it. […]

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Xenophon on Young Horses

Following up on the previous post about Xenophon, I wanted to look at what he actually wrote in The Art of Horsemanship. How close is it to modern horsemanship? Would we follow these ideas today?    If you’d like to read The Art of Horsemanship, it’s available free here.  He starts his book with the […]

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Who Was Xenophon?

If you know of Xenophon, it’s because he’s an obscure ancient Greek guy who wrote a book on horsemanship, which has been referenced in other training guides. The United States Dressage Federation lists it as a suggested reading.  Early Life Xenophon grew up in Athens, Greece, born in an aristocratic equestrian household, called the “hippeis.” […]

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National Velvet (1944)

Originally I was planning on reviewing this movie like I’ve reviewed horse movies in the past – basically, pointing out all the absurd plot points and inaccurate horse information. But, this is actually a good movie, and I just can’t. I first saw this movie as a kid, and I loved it then. I loved […]

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King Henry VIII and His Horses

We’re doing something a little bit different here today. I bet no one was expecting this topic to come up. I wouldn’t have expected it either until I happened upon a video that peaked my interest. On the Weird History YouTube channel, there’s a video “Things You Didn’t Know about King Henry VII.” Short of […]

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