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My Horses, My Teachers Paperback – April 1, 1997
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This is a wonderful read, from the historical perspective regarding the changing politics of Europe pre-WWII to the great descriptions of the horses available to the Austrian soldiers and the differences in them and the Lipizzan stallions he met later. If you love the grand traditions that built our current horse culture, read this. If you love people who love horses, read it!!
For example, on page 105 he says in regard to training, "One one side there is the unconditional subjection by force and punishment with which the rider may reach his goal more quickly but only if he has a good-natured creature with no tendency to fight. This kind of education, however, will undermine the individual character of the animal and result in obedience out of fear. The brilliance of such a horse will be lost and he will be indifferent towards man or even hostile. If on the other hand, the training of the horse is based on kindness, calmness, and ample reward as well as understanding for his personality, the result will be happy obedience on the part of the horse and pleasure in his work. It may take a little longer than with the other method but there will never be that ugly fight between man and animal. The charm and brilliance of the horse will be maintained, even enhanced, and preserved until his old age."