Large 8vo, pp. XXXI, 166. Contemporary gilt half-calf with red morocco letterpiece. Illustrated with tinted lithogr. frontispiece and 12 lithogr. plates.
François Baucher [1796-1873] was a French riding master whose methods are still hotly debated by dressage enthusiasts today. His methods diverge from many earlier masters, however he still has a strong following of riders and trainers today. Baucher also took great pride in his ability to produce a horse quickly, claiming to have trained horses the airs within months. Despite the criticisms of Baucher's harsh "first period", many trainers today are finding validity in the work he did during the second phase of his career. In particular, the flexions of the poll which Baucher developed, and the principle of "hand without leg, leg without hand", are to be found under slightly different terminology in the techniques of natural horsemanship. His first publication was: "Méthode d'équitation basée sur de nouveaux principes" . Our copy is the third edition published in the same year. The portrait frontispiece of the author by G. Lasalle. The plates by L. Heyrauld. Foxed. Backstrip and corners slightly worn. Joints splitting at lower end of spine. Name on title-page. Good copy.