Recommended� Reading

"This Is The Spanish Horse"

Juan Llamas. A comprehensive guide to conformation, history, etc.� Excellent illustrations contrasting and comparing the breed traits.� An absolute must for the student of the Pure Spanish Horse.




CONQUERORS - The Roots Of New World Horsemanship 
by Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D.  In a single 432 page volume, author Bennett has tackled one of the grandest stories in the history of the world. Conquerors tells the story of mounted horsemanship, a story not just of cowboys, but of native peoples; Mongolian Huns, Berber warriors, Spanish conquistadors, Caribbean pirates and American patriots. All of these contribute to the birth of the unique and varied horse cultures of the New World: Argentinean gauchos, Chilean huasos, Peruvian chalans, Mexican charros, California vaqueros, Montana buckaroos and Texas Cowboys.  Conquerors is provocative, fascinating, easy reading - A jewel among horse books.



"The Royal Horse of Europe"

Lady Sylvia Loch. A well researched work on breed history of the Horse of Kings.




The Spanish Horse: The Evolution of His Conformation�

by Juan Carlos Altamirano. The process of creation of the morphology of the Spanish purebred; documentary evidence indicates that the Spanish horse is the product of a genetic project undertaken in 1567 by� King Philip II in Cordoba.




�History & Origin of the Spanish Horse�

by Juan Carlos Altamirano. A thoroughly documented work with extraordinarily beautiful photographs, challenges the long accepted legends and myths surrounding the origins of the breed.




�The Story of the Carthusian Horses��

By Juan Carlos Altamirano� Research based on documents from the public administration & Carthusian Monks of Jerez de la Frontera from the time they began to breed horses until the disappearance of their order in the 19th century. Extensive & painstaking study of documents which were thought to have disappeared at the time of the French revolution.




�The Spanish Horse Under the Bourbon Kings� (Bilingual)

by Juan Carlos Altamirano.� The history of the PRE from 1800 forward. Detailed account of breeding practices.




Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art by JC Altamirano

Author presents the history of the Royal School, founded in May 1973, the first performance of the spectacle in the Gonz�lez Hontoria Park of Jerez de la Frontera to present day. He describes the circumstances that had led to the birth of "doma vaquera" and the Spanish Riding School, highlighting the importance of the creation of the Spanish horse for academic equitation.� This work reveals the reasons for which the Royal School has become of the most important equestrian centres in the world.



C�rdenas: Horses & Home by Robert Vavra.

A showcase of the incredible stallions and mares of Miguel Angel C�rdenas of Ecija, Spain, one of the most revered breeders of the Spanish horse in all the world. The C�rdenas stud� has been honored with the most National Championships & Best Breeder awards in Spain.




Mi Vereda a Galope� by Alvaro Domecq y Diez

Memories - the autobiography of Alvaro Domecq. This book describes with authority what was learned in 80 years of working with Andalusian horses: the horse, its training, the equestrian art, bullfighting and its great personages; the rejoneo, the field and the life. Text is in Spanish.




Living and Working with THE HORSE OF SPAIN
by Peter Maddison & Linda Lake. The authors look at the history of the Spanish horse, his breeding, conformation, temperament and his traditional training for "la doma vaquera, la garrocha and the rejoneo", and also the true art of classical dressage, "la doma clasica". The book covers training under saddle as well as in-hand work, looks at the show ring, at correct saddlery and costume, and instructs the reader in the art of trimming, mane plaiting and tail dressing in the traditional Spanish manner. This book is a celebration of the Spanish Horse, further distinguished by a stunning selection of photographs.





Nuno Oliveira has been described as one of the last of the great international riding masters and this important book affords an opportunity to study a master at work.  The author, who reveals much of his own personality and philosophy in his writing, examines and explains classical techniques with clarity and brilliance. Throughout the book the emphasis is on lightness and harmony, the whole reflecting a deep love and respect for the horse. 




Henriquet on Dressage by Michel Henriquet with Catherine Durand

This lovely book follows the training of three young horses, from their first schooling experiences to the execution of classical airs at the age of nine. Each of the three horses in this book have different personalities and capabilities, which prompt the author to draw upon his vast equestrian experience and highlight particular aspects of communication and technique throughout. A long-time friend and disciple of the late Nuno Oliveira, Henriquet explains and applies his most useful teachings, as well as those of La Gueriniere, Steinbrecht, Baucher, and de Kerbrech, making this book one that will satisfy and inform anyone working in the true classical tradition.




DRESSAGE - The  Art of Classical Riding by Sylvia Loch.

In this major work, Sylvia Loch traces the colorful and superbly elegant tradition of classical riding from it's early beginnings in the time of  Xenophon, through the Baroque splendor of equitation in seventeenth century Germany and Austro-Hungary, to its later flowering in France, Spain, Portugal and England. Alois Podhajsky and Nuno Oliveira and other great masters continued to practice and teach at the pinnacle of the art. Sylvia's book is a passionate plea for the classical traditions of the to masters to continue. A "must-read" for every serious aficionado of modern competitive dressage and fine riding.  





This book is a must for those who want to know exactly what their horse is thinking when they are in the saddle. Many riders know the traditional aids, but remain unaware of the biomechanical reason for doing things a certain way for the horses sake. By underlining the forces that influence the horse as he moves, the author demystifies concepts such as outline, engagement, & the weight aids.




Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage by Philippe Karl.

In this book, Philippe Karl, one of the most outspoken critics of the modern dressage world, reveals some disturbing facts about the physical, anatomical and mental effects through official dressage guidelines as issued by the German Horse Society on horses.� By comparing these with philosophies of masters of classical riding such as La Gueriniere and Baucher, he shows possible solutions to the challenging situation of modern competitive dressage. This book explores key problems of modern dressage: physical aspects, straightness, balance, exercises. It describes the effects of modern dressage, breeding and business. It suggests a classical alternative: the philosophy of 'legerity'.




The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre
Excellent presentation with expert contributions on the history and importance of the school and it�s riders. Also a study of the Alter Real breeding farm and program. Beautiful contemporary photography of horses, facilities and riders present a classical image of this important equestrian institution. With English and Spanish text.




LUSITANO HORSE - Son of the Wind  by Ars�nio Raposo Cordeiro 
This book is an expertly translated edition of "Cavalo Lusitano - Filho do Vento". This elegant table top hardcover book boasts the most outstanding pictorial representation of Iberian horses, specially the Lusitano horse. The history and tradition of the Lusitano horse is told in over 200 incredible photos and prints in color. Illustrated with many rare photos from both breeding farms and the natural habitat of the lowlands of the Guadalquivir valley. The photo collection also shows the incredible versatility of the Lusitano horse, in driving, jumping, dressage, reining (doma vaquera) and naturally as a rejoneador's horse in the bullfight from horseback.




A HISTORY OF THE HORSE - The Iberian Horse from Ice Age to Antiquity 
by Paulo Gaviao Gonzaga. This book traces the origin of the horse in Europe, Asia and North Africa, and in particular on the Iberian peninsula. The author deals with the confusion about types and breeds of horse. He presents archeological evidence and draws on a number of theories about the ancestral types which formed the basis for modern breeds.  The influence of the Iberian horse in Africa and its relationship with Barb and Arab horses is discussed. The book ends with an overview of the circulation of horses on the Iberian peninsula, during the early historic period. 




EL CABALLO AZTECA The Azteca Horse by Octavio Colmenares Vargas  

25 years after the inauguration of the Azteca Horse, El Caballo de Raza Azteca, this marvelous breed of horses finally has it's definitive book in English and Spanish language.� In collaboration with the Azteca breed's founders, breeders, veterinarians, historians, artists and the Mexican Azteca Breeders Association, Octavio Colmenares Vargas has produced this uniquely artistic and informative book.� History, breed standards, selection criteria, temperament, training, performance and art of the Azteca Horse. The book presents the Azteca Horse as the culmination of Mexican history, culture and traditions. 




DANCING WITH HORSES -by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling.�

A groundbreaking horse book and video on how to develop trust and harmony between horses and humans using an innovative visual language. Dominance without punishment, collection withour rein pressure - these apparent contradictions are explained  as master horseman Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling teaches his fascinating method of training horses. He compares his work with horses to dancing, where two beings read one another�s body language to move together in harmony.  He asserts that if effective communication is established, a horse will retain all of its natural grace and elegance when ridden.




THE REVOLUTION IN HORSEMANSHIP by Robert Miller DVM & Rick Lamb There has been a change in how we treat our horses: We no longer "break" them to harness or saddle; we "gentle" them, so they become our partners, their natural grace and athleticism restored and enhanced through humane and thoughtful methods. The authors describe how the horse's mind works, how horses learn and how the psychological training methods of great horsemen past and present allow the rest of us to achieve extraordinary results with not only our horses but with ourselves.




Robert Vavra's Classic Book of Horses
This book is a celebration of Vavra's finest photographs followed by the stories of fascinating horses and the men, women, and children who love them. Introduction by James A. Michener.




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