Don’t Mess With The Best
Every equestrian should take the time to study the works of the old masters. I was so excited when I found that Audio Horse Books had made audio versions of some of the classical writings, including Gueriniere and Steinbrecht.
Although I have both of these books in print, one reading of them is not enough. They are so packed full with information that a single read through will not suffice. The audio versions have really allowed me to study these writings, particularly Steinbrecht’s elaborate work, “The Gymnasium of the Horse.” I find myself listening to it while I drive or even in the barn when I groom and tack up horses.
I find myself listening to it while I drive or even in the barn when I groom and tack up horses.
I was easily able to download the books to my Dropbox so that I have them available on my phone. It’s amazing how much I am able to take in through listening. I’ve gone back and listened to some chapters several times. During the fair weather months my time inside is limited, as is the time for me to read and study books in print. I am always looking to further my education in the areas of horsemanship and training, so it has been really helpful to me to have these available in audio versions.
I am always looking to further my education in the areas of horsemanship and training, so it has been really helpful to me to have these available in audio versions.
The reading of these classical masterpieces is done brilliantly and should be a required addition to every horseman/woman’s collection, professional or amateur. I’m looking forward to getting more audio horse books and to see what other books are added to the collection in the future.
I can’t recommend these enough to anyone interested in furthering their education in classical dressage. Even if you have read these books before, listen to the audio versions and study them. There is so much brilliant information in them that has been lost or forgotten in many areas area of modern horsemanship. Having these books available in audio versions will help to keep the art of classical dressage alive.
Meg Brauch, Narnia Stables, Ashford, CT
“This translated version of Reflections on Equestrian Art, could pivot around one adjective: “Eloquence”.
Any student of classical art interested in refining skills in painting, would be well-served by studying the works and methods of the Old Masters. As it is with riding, the true essence of the art, refined to mastery generations ago, is virtually unchanged.
Chapter by chapter, through this 3-disc set, the essence of dressage, indeed the true nature of kind, gentle horsemanship, is defined. The intricacy of language parallels intricacy of the equestrian mastery it describes. Such attention to craft is refreshing in a world whirling with social media short forms, and crumbling literacy.
Listening to Sarah Morsey’s elegant voice draws the listener back to quiet attention; “mindfulness,” if you will. This, I think, is the key importance of this recording, for this state of “mindfulness” is where our horses live their lives. It is also the realm we need to bring ourselves to next time we saddle up.
Reflections on Equestrian Art is eloquent, inspirational and timeless; a good tool for the rider who strives to improve.
— Jean Abernethy, Equestrian artist/illustrator, Creator of Fergus The Horse
Jean Abernethy – Creator of Fergus The Horse
Maestro Nuno Oliveira spent his life in the study of classical dressage, which he defines as a conversation with a horse on a higher level, one of courtesy and finesse. The teaching is not new, but the format–an audiobook–is new. Technology has brought the opportunity to have the Maestro in your ear. The reader’s voice is calm and meditative, reading with clarity, making the text very understandable. Most of the chapters are short, around four minutes, making it an easy aid to listen to in available spurts. It’s truly classical information, delivered in a form that is a contemporary, real-time aid.
Technology has brought the opportunity to have the Maestro in your ear.
The process of learning to ride effectively and kindly is complicated. It takes time and study to comprehend and becomes most complete when all of our senses have a chance to take it in. Meaning we need to see it, think it, feel it, hear it–in order to assimilate it fully. This is a valuable technique to experience the information, quietly in your ear while driving to the barn, or as you are warming up your horse. It offers the classic method both personal and assessable.
But more than that, listened to in the whole, this audiobook affirms why a philosophy of kindness in training make the horse/rider bond stronger. It explains the reason harshness fails a horse, and how methods using love and respect will always lift a horse and rider above the mundane to a place of art without mental or physical contraction. Another term for that is Oneness.
— Anna Blake wrote this review by request for Horse Junkies United, where you may read the entire review and also watch a video of Oliveira.