I am a history buff, having studied European History in detail in high School in Jamaica. I am thinking about writing some articles about the men - and some women from the past who literally changed the course of riding and how it evolved to this day, and I mean dating back to Xenophon the Greek and forward! I am so fascinated by the people, their characters and how life was back then, for instance did you know that during the reign of Louis 14th in France, there were 5000 horses at the Royal Palace at Versailles? Can you imagine all that poop and no tractors? Wow! such cool stuff, even down to the clothes they wore to ride, let me know if any of you are interested in this topic too, just for fun - cheers, Ann.

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Comment by Ian MacInnes on January 28, 2010 at 5:12pm
If you love horse history, you should check out the blog called "The Horse in History and Culture" at http://horseinculture.blogspot.com/ It has a mainly Renaissance focus at the moment.
Comment by Sit_the_Trot on January 28, 2010 at 12:18pm
Have you read: Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France by Kate van Orden? It has a big section on dressage/horsemanship and the horse ballets and the influence of the military of development of dressage.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press
, 2005. xiv + 322 pp. index. illus. bibl. $40. ISBN: 0-226-84976-7.

cheers, Michele
Comment by Jackie Cochran on January 27, 2010 at 4:55pm
Hi! I just got a book yesterday, "The Horse in Human History" by Pita Kelekna. I'm only on page 32. It is fascinating, especially since the book goes back 6,000 years or so, and examines the original domesticators and their civilization.
I love history. I expecially love horse history! (Except for the stupid things people do to horses.)

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