Paperback: 341 pages
Publisher: Auriga Books, First Edition (Nov. 30, 2019)
Language: English (original German)
Auriga Books, LLC
System of Horsemanship
Original Title: System der Reitkunst
Author: Louis Seeger
Translator: Cynthia F. Hodges, J.D., LL.M., M.A.
Cover Art: Bonnie Hodges
Price: $29.98 USD
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Louis Seeger was an important 19th century dressage figure in Berlin. He was the son of a court horseman in the service of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, the brother of King Friedrich II. After training at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna with Max Ritter von Weyrother, Seeger founded his own riding school, Seegershof, where he preserved Old School training principles. His most famous student was Gustav Steinbrecht, the author of Gymnasium of the Horse.
Seeger authored a number of books about horses. In addition to System of Horsemanship (original title: System der Reitkunst) (1844), he wrote Rathgeber fuer die Stalldienerschaft (1848), Zuechtung, Erziehung, Ausbildung des Pferdes im systematischen Zusammenhang (1850), and Monsieur Baucher and His Arts: A Serious Word with Germany’s Riders (1852) (translated by Cynthia F. Hodges). Seeger was also a board member of the Berlin Racing Club and was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor.
This book lays out a dressage training system that begins with breaking the colts and continues all the way up to the Airs Above the Ground of the High School. Proven methods to put the horse in perfect balance under the rider are outlined in this book, as well as how to use jumping to unlock the power in the hindquarters. Seeger also explains how horses that are not suited to dressage can be made serviceable for the cavalry, hunt-riding, etc.
Seeger’s classic horse-training treatise, System of Horsemanship, was once only available to an elite group of European experts. Now that Cynthia F. Hodges, JD, LLM, MA has translated this pillar of equestrian literature, the classical principles of Old School dressage training contained herein are available in English for the first time.
• Seeger was the student of Max Ritter von Weyrother of the Spanish Riding School, the instructor of Gustav Steinbrecht (author of Gymnasium of the Horse), and inventor of the dropped-noseband.
• Translated by Cynthia F. Hodges, JD, LLM, MA who has a B.A. and an M.A. in Germanic Studies, and 20 years experience riding, training, and showing dressage. She also translated Monsieur Baucher and His Arts: A Serious Word with Germany's Riders by Louis Seeger and Anatomy of Dressage by Schusdziarra. [See Classical Dressage website]
• Artwork by award-winning fine artist, Bonnie Hodges. Please see Bonnie's Portfolio and a blog post about the book.
About the Author
Louis Seeger was an important 19th century German equestrian figure. He was the son of a court horseman in the service of Prince Heinrich von Preussen (Prussia), the brother of King Friedrich II. Seeger attended the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and studied under Max Ritter von Weyrother. After his stint at the Spanish Riding School, he owned the first private riding school in Berlin, Seegershof. Seeger was a board member of the Berlin Racing Club and was also awarded the gold medal of honor. He was an outspoken opponent of Francois Baucher's "Nouvelle methode."
Seeger authored the following equestrian books:
• System der Reitkunst, 1844 [Translation: System of Horsemanship]
• Rathgeber fuer die Stalldienerschaft, 1848
• Zuechtung, Erziehung, Ausbildung des Pferdes im systematischen Zusammenhang, 1850
• Herr Baucher und seine Kuenste. Ein ernstes Wort an Deutschlands Reiter, 1852 [Translation available: Monsieur Baucher and His Arts: A Serious Word with Germany's Riders]
About the Translator
Cynthia F. Hodges, JD, LLM, MA
||Cynthia F. Hodges, J.D., LL.M., M.A. has an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, a Juris Doctor, and a B.A. and M.A. in Germanic Studies. Cynthia has written a number of animal law papers, has won a couple of legal writing awards, and was the former Assistant Editor for Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Law Center. Please see About Cynthia for more information.
Cynthia has translated three books on horse-training theory from German to English and offers German translation and tutoring services. She has also written a number of articles on horse training. Please visit Washington Classical Dressage.