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The Art of Riding a Horse or Description of Modern Manège in all It's Perfection by Baron d'Eisenberg fully illustrated with engravings

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This book is likely to create a small revolution in the way we ride and train horses for supple collection. Each exercise is described succinctly with an accompanying diagram beautifully engraved. 

A contemporary of de la Gueriniere, Eisenberg was trained in the European Royal riding academies including the Viennese Spanish Riding school under Regenthal. Eisenberg is prominently featured in Koert van der Horst'sGreat Books on Horsemanship with over 8 pages of coverage.

Never before has this material been available in English.

Riders always seem to want two things to help them in their training:  

1. A  visual concept of what they are trying to attain, and

2. simple instructions that will give them results.  

Baron D'Eisenberg's  Art of Riding a Horse provides today's riders with both elements in easy to follow instructions for riding and training horses to the highest levels of equitation, and, with lovely engravings of horses and riders demonstrating the movements as performed to perfection.  This book is a must-have for any student of high-level equitation.  It will also be a  treasure for the novice rider who wants to set their sights on the ideal images and descriptions of correctly schooled, beautiful horses in noble performance.

The Art of Riding a Horse
A Description of Modern Manège, in its Perfection;
Explained with the necessary lessons and represented by the Exact figures, starting with the Rider’s Seat on the Horse, and concluding with the Stop, and also accompanied by various Bits used in the proper bridling of Horses:
Written by Baron d’Eisenberg,
Illustrated with the engravings by B. Picart.
Translated by Sherilyn Allen V.M.D.
"Every day that I ride and train my dressage horses, I do the exercises described in this 300-year-old manual of “modern horsemanship,”  and I see my horses like the horses in the pictures—elegant, graceful, supple, and balanced. The exercises teach them collection effortlessly. I am grateful to have found this beautiful, pictorial manual which has helped me and my horses immensely in their training." – Sherilyn Allen, translator.


Size: 11" wide x 8.5" high hardcover

One of the seminal decorative eighteenth-century horse books Baron Eisenberg, a German horseman and artist, spent some of his youth at the stables of Saxe-Weimar before entering into the service of the Emperor. He then spent six years in Naples as the Master of Horse of the Viceroy before returning to Vienna where he studied under M. de Regenthal, the Imperial Master of Horse. He participated in the coronation of Emperor Charles V at Frankfurt in 1711, then spent some time in England, but was back in Germany before 1753. He probably died in Tuscany where he was Director and Master of the Horse at the Academy in Pisa. 

Friedrich Wilhelm, Baron Rais d'Eisenberg (ca. 1700-ca. 1770) belonged to the aristocracy of the Holy Empire and was one of the most famous horse-lovers of his time. He was raised among horses, and worked first at the court of Saxen-Weimar, then as an equerry in Naples, for the vice king. Later he also worked in Vienna - in the famous Spanish Riding School -, England and Tuscany. The Baron wrote several important and also lavishly illustrated books on horses: his Description of Modern manège in all its perfection, London 1727, and Dictionnaire des termes du manège moderne, 1747, being the best well-known.

Baron D'Eisenberg wrote and illustrated a fascinating book giving a full description of horsemanship which he dedicated to King George II and to his son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. In it he undertakes to illustrate and describe the art of training cavaliers and their horses. The original subscribers to the limited edition book included royalty and nobility from all over Europe.

The engraver of the fine plates in the book was Bernard Picart, born in Paris in 1673, who gained honors at the Academy of Paris at the age of sixteen. He was a master designer and engraver and worked in Paris and Amsterdam until his death in 1733.

  • ISBN13:: 9780933316751
  • PAGES: 154
  • Item #: 7219
  • Manufacturer: Xenophon Press

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