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Military Equitation or a method of breaking horses and teaching soldiers to ride by Earl of Pembroke 1778 Third Edition

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1778  Third Edition

17cm x 22cm x 2 cm

fair condition 

The most complete edition of this innovative manual by a British cavalry officer who was a follower of the French school, and a personal friend of Bourgelat. Based on ten years' army experience, Herbert (1734-94) wrote this handbook aiming to improve current standards of horsemanship by developing a totally practical method of gradual and patient training. It contains a few general rules absolutely necessary for cavalry discipline. His precepts for shoeing are especially praised by Mennessier, who discusses them in detail. Horses are taught to jump and swim, and to obey oral commands in case reins are not available. The book had immediate success, and Herbert's ideas were adopted by the British cavalry. Third edition, with the text revised by the author, containing the additional chapter on the trot. This edition is especially attractive for being illustrated with a total of 17 plates (the first edition (1761) contained 2 plates only, the second edition (1762) had 3 plates). The text was translated into French by Bergeret de Frouville, and the chapter on the trot was plagiarized in the English translation of Bourgelat's Le Nouveau Newcastle. 

Cover condition poor but book intact, first number of pages loose all other pages/prints and plats intact and undamaged

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