Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks by Harry Dwight Chamberlin
A modern classic by the U.S. Cavalry's greatest horseman - everything the rider needs to know about selecting, training, and riding the hunter-type horse, from evaluating it's conformation to basic dressage and jumping.
The genius of Brigadier General Harry Dwight Chamberlin’s contributions to horsemanship links a modified concept of Italian forward riding with French dressage and the American cavalry’s vast experience in riding long distances. The totality of Chamberlin’s writing provides a complete protocol to train both horse and rider for Eventing, Show Jumping, Endurance Riding, Hunting, and just plain hacking for fun. In Training Hunters, Jumpers and Hacks he focuses on the training of the horse for various disciplines.
Expert Chamberlin biographer Warren Matha introduces this new edition offered proudly by Xenophon Press.
This volume is considered to be the “Standard modern American book on riding, training and schooling hunters, jumpers and hacks.”
Illustrated with drawings by Paul Brown and with many photographs, a complete index and a new introduction by Chamberlin historian, Warren Matha. Chamberlin describes criteria for selection, conformation, and gaits of a horse, the objectives of training, stages of training of a young horse, advanced work, and jumping. Each section is well-organized with a general overview including objectives followed by easy to follow detailed explanations.
"Few men in the horse world have had the advantage of the author’s education: a graduate of Tor di Quinto, Italy, and Saumur, France, and of the United States Cavalry School at Fort Riley; observer at the German school at Hanover, and at Weedon, England; instructor at Fort Riley and West Point; member of the American team at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, 1919; member of famous teams at the 1920 and 1928 Olympics, and captain of the victorious one at Los Angeles in 1932. Leader of the successful United States teams in international military competitions: 1929, 1930, 1931, he has with his teammates also participated in horse shows held in Poland, Ireland, France and Germany and has assimilated, not only the wisdom of the past but the practice of the present.
"Impressive as this great range of training and experience is, it cannot account for a Chamberlin, for a truly great horseman is a genius, endowed with the fine sensibilities of an artist, combined with keen perception, cool judgment, courage, discretion, unfailing patience, and infinite tact." - John Cudahy
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1948717113
Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1948717083
Now also available from Xenophon Press: Riding and Schooling Horses by Harry D. Chamberlin.