The Ethics and Passions of Dressage, Expanded Edition calls the reader to a re-dedication to the art of riding and the traditions of classical horsemanship. Charles de Kunffy challenges the reader to ask questions such as “Should competition challenge or reinforce classical horsemanship?” Furthermore, “What characteristics should be cultivated to transform the rider into a complete horse person? What are the individual’s responsibilities to the preservation of classical horsemanship and academic equitation?”
De Kunffy explains the true meanings of: non-confrontational riding and training, “on the bit,” engagement, the development of the correct seat, and the use of hands and reins. He offers valuable advice on seeking instruction in classical dressage training.
In the chapter entitled “Succinct Principles,” de Kunffy doubles his single sentences kernels of wisdom from the first edition.
This monumental contribution to equestrian literature is embellished with even more carefully-selected images of equestrian statues than the original edition. The Ethics and Passions of Dressage, Expanded Edition also includes additional chapters, recommended for the serious equestrian wanting to be simultaneously challenged and inspired. This book is sure to reaffirm the rider’s dedication to an ethical approach to classical dressage.
“If you want to express the utter joy, the drive, the energy that takes you forward on your journey with horses,
it is here in this book.” -Sylvia Loch
Softcover cover, 128 pages, photos and illustrations.
Another beautifully written book by Mr. de Kunffy. He has such a way of using the English language that you just drink it in. And the subject matter is so important but so underused. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ and ‘THINK about’ how you are treating the noble animal known as “Horse”. It set me back on my heals and humbled my intentions towards these precious creatures. The message is similar to that of Bill Dorrance in “True Horsemanship Through Feel” but just given to a slightly different (dressage) audience and more in the head than actual actions. This should be mandatory reading for anyone that is anywhere near a horse! So should Dorrance’s book!!!
I love this book. For me, de Kunffy’s words beautifully describe the Art of Being in harmony and unity with the horse. No matter your discipline, the author focuses your attention on the virtue of classical riding principles. This little book fits right in with my Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance books. As eclectic as it gets!