There are many fascinating, and inspirational things in the horse world that are worth passing on, and preserving.  Sometimes it puts things into perspective to realize that today’s ‘modern discoveries’ about horsemanship, were also written about in the 1800’s, or even before Christ was even born.  The greatest horseman is not necessarily the one who does the fanciest things, but rather the one who shares his knowledge across centuries, and across generations.

Xenophon - c. 430 - 354 BC

Xenophon was known for (among other things) promoting sympathetic training and humane treatment of horses.  He put his training philosophies into a book that is still available today, for free.  Click the page to the left to read the published work, or click the link below for the modern english version.

“On Horsemanship”

Martin Walsh

The words of ‘elders’ are the wisest words of all.  When it comes down to it, it’s not the richest person who succeeds, it’s not the smartest, the most educated, nor even the most talented who succeeds.  More often than not, the one who succeeds is the one who simply won’t quit.

Royal North West Mounted Police

Article (2) of the NWMP states: Every Officer is to select and have detailed to him a charger, perfectly sound and fit for work.  The horse selected is to be trained by the Officer to stand fire, stand with reins overhead, and to lie down.

This photo, found in the Glenbow Museum Photo Archives, illustrates that ‘trick training’ is an age old training performed by military.  The date on this photo is est. 1919.  More photographs of NWMP training horses can be found at: