The Saumur Method
First Published in the English Language 1992
Translated by Anthony Dent
this copy being a 2003 reprint, Hardback in dust jacket, 96 pages,
illustrated with colour photographs following 3 horse at The Saumur School
In today’s world of horse training, long reining is usually looked upon either as a technique for preparing horses intended for harness work or as a means of showcasing the schooled dressage horse already broken to saddle. Yet, its uses need not be so limited.
Long reining can contribute substantially to the education of all riding horses once a trainer becomes well versed in the proper techniques.
This classic book demonstrates with superb style the French method of training a horse in long reins, and how it is possible to attain as high a standard of schooling from the ground as that reached under saddle.
The method has the added advantages of achieving a partnership with the horse before mounting, allowing the horse to understand thoroughly the aids, and to attain balance and relaxation without the added burden of the weight of a rider.
With over 150 colour photographs tracing the development of three horses, this impressively illustrated book by a leading French Cadre Noir instructor and rider explains how to implement the long reining system from the beginning up through high school movements and jumping.
The movements are also discussed for use under saddle and in hand, and additional useful training information is provided covering equine locomotion, conformation and anatomy.
For trainers wishing to improve their horses’ balance, obedience and gymnastic abilities, Long Reining offers the keys to success.