Nature, Nurture and Horses

Nature, Nurture and Horses

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Belasik's honest and enlightened journal of four dressage horses in training


Follow along as four young horses — Corsana, Kara, Elsa and Escarpa — leave their babyhood behind and begin their training for future careers as sport horses, well schooled in the art of classical dressage. Renowned rider, trainer, author, and equestrian philosopher Paul Belasik shares the daily schedule, weekly events, and his own musings over the schooling and training of these young horses through honest and enlightened journal entries; giving the reader insight into the classical training system he has used for around 40 years.

Whether that horse is a pleasure to work with and ride, or dull and dispassionate, or worse — a danger to himself and others — is ultimately dependent on the right mixture of nature and nurture, and a sensitive, knowledgeable hand to offer lessons in fair yet effective measures.

"I invite you to see where it ends – how the four horses I bred and saw into the world learn, grow in strength, and mature in mind, and how my own understanding continues to evolve. The young horse, and the emotional and physical transitions to which he must adjust in the course of classical dressage training – and quite simply, in 'growing up' – will forever be a complex equation with many variables and no one 'solution'...just infinite possibility." – Paul Belasik


Paul Belasik is a highly respected international rider, trainer, writer, and teacher, and an avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals. He has ridden and trained at every level in dressage and has sought wisdom from great riding masters such as Dr HLM van Schaik and Nuno Oliveira. He gives clinics, lectures, and demonstrations internationally.

Book Specifications

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Sub Heading A Journal of Four Dressage Horses in Training
ISBN 9781570765315
Author Paul Belasik
Binding Casebound
Extent 216mm x 254mm, 150 pages
Illustrations 84 colour photographs
Ebook No

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