Living and Working with the Horse of Spain

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This fabulous new book—the culmination of 20 years' research, study, and experience—celebrates the history of the Spanish horse, exploring how he became integral to the country's culture. It examines his breeding, conformation, and temperament, as well as the different fields of Spanish horsemanship: la doma vaquero, la doma clasica, the work with la garrocha, and the skills of the rejoneador. You will find advice on the practicalities of buying Spanish horses, their care and management, and the training of both...
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Overview


This fabulous new book—the culmination of 20 years' research, study, and experience—celebrates the history of the Spanish horse, exploring how he became integral to the country's culture. It examines his breeding, conformation, and temperament, as well as the different fields of Spanish horsemanship: la doma vaquero, la doma clasica, the work with la garrocha, and the skills of the rejoneador. You will find advice on the practicalities of buying Spanish horses, their care and management, and the training of both horse and rider. In addition, the authors discuss Spanish and Portugese saddlery, costume, and traditional turnout and presentation. Both practical and poetic, and distinguished by a stunning selection of photographs, this is a fitting tribute to the magnicent horse of Spain—el caballo de España.
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"A unique and colorful addition to any equine library."  —Dressage Today
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A unique and colorful addition to any equine library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851318851
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,431,037
  • Product dimensions: 7.79 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     xi
Prefaces     xv
Introduction     1
The Andalusian Ethos     3
The Legend of Spain     9
A Brief History of the Spanish Horse     10
The Ginetes     10
Influences of Other Peoples     11
Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (El Cid)     11
The Iberian Horse in Medieval Conflict     14
The New World     15
The Renaissance Onward     17
Influence on Other Breeds     18
Doma Vaquera - the Art of the Stockman     23
La Garrocha     29
Acoso y Derribo     31
The Use of the Garrocha as an Art Form     31
The Rejoneador: Warrior or Artist?     34
Doma Clasica - from Purpose to Pure Beauty     38
Movements when the Horse is Balancing on his Hind Legs     40
The Leaps     42
About the Spanish Horse     44
What's in a Name?     47
The Spanish Pure-bred     47
Part-breds     50
Conformation     55
Maturity and Temperament     59
Management of the Spanish Horse     62
Buying a Spanish Horse     62
Buying Factors     63
To Breed or not to Breed?     68
Pastures New     69
Climate     69
Feeding     70
Shoeing     72
Habla Ingles?     73
Spanish Tack, Costume and the Presentation of the Horse     75
Doma Vaquera Tack     76
The Vaquera Saddle (Silla Vaquera) and its Accoutrements     76
The Vaquera Bridle     81
The Serreta     82
Rejoneo Tack     83
Doma Clasica Tack     84
The Doma Clasica Saddle     84
The Doma Clasica Bridle     85
Costume     86
Doma Vaquera Clothing for the Campo (Country)     88
Doma Vaquera Costume for Competition     89
Rejoneo Costume     94
Doma Clasica Costume     95
Presentation of the Horse     96
Trimming     96
Plaiting the Mane     97
Dressing the Tail     102
The Pride of Portugal     106
Two of a Kind?     110
Grading     111
What's In a Portuguese Name?     111
The Portuguese Pure-bred     111
The Portuguese Working Horse and Working Equitation     113
The Portuguese Bullring     114
Portuguese Tack and Costume     115
Traditional Tack     116
Traditional Costume     118
The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art     122
Training the Spanish Horse     124
Understanding Training     125
The Background     125
The Concept     128
My Training Methods     129
The Basic System     132
Communication     132
The Breaking Process     133
In-hand and Mounted Work     134
Good Manners     137
How Does Your Horse Respond to You?     138
Punishment     140
Reward     142
General Training Pointers     143
Horses Need Help     146
Back to Basics     152
The Walk     157
Harmonizing Leg and Hand     158
Lateral Work and Preparation for the More Advanced Movements     161
Observations on Multi-disciplinary Riding     167
Doma Vaquera     168
The Serreta     169
The Vaquera Walk     172
The Media Vuelta     173
The Halt     175
The Rein-back     175
The Canter and the Trot     176
Handling the Reins     176
Pirouettes     179
The Sliding Hah (Parada a Raya)     181
The Garrocha     183
The Cross-over     184
Doma Clasica     185
Competition Dressage     190
The Principle of Competition Dressage     193
Training the Rider     196
Beware of False Gods     196
Finding the Right Teacher     198
The Lesson of the Day     199
The Art of Conversation and Simple Language     200
Learning by Observation     200
Position, Position, Position     201
A Long, Hard Road...but Enjoy the Journey     201
Recommended Reading     203
Index     205
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