New Book Release – Austrian Art of Riding by Werner Poscharnigg
Such excitement! I had written my Foreword... For AUSTRIAN ART OF RIDING ... (one of three) ...my good friend Charles de Kunffy, being another... and I had seen a proof.
But - there's nothing quite like opening a brand new book based on a subject close to your heart, and knowing it's now out there! My good friend, the erudite Werner Poscharnigg has written a beautifully illustrated and researched book, which was badly needed. Names which I'd heard of but knew next to nothing about are all there; methods for the training of horses in all the countries that were part of the great Austro-Hungarian Empire spring to life . The good, the bad and the ugly training methods are discussed in detail. What is interesting, is this: even the harshest masters of the period, even before Classical Riding was revived... understood about the cessation of the aid ( ie the giving of the hand, and of the leg) in the training of the horse. That's a principle not sufficiently adhered to by today 's teachers or today's riders, but that's just one tiny aspect of this book.