Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

On Horsemanship

Cover image for


Author: Xenophon
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,140 / 44 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,650 7639
Genre: Essays

(tr H.G. Dakyns)

Show Excerpt

as they are the columns on which the body rests; thick in themselves, that is, not puffed out with veins or flesh; or else in riding over hard ground they will inevitably be surcharged with blood, and varicose conditions be set up,[13] the legs becoming thick and puffy, whilst the skin recedes; and with this loosening of the skin the back sinew[14] is very apt to start and render the horse lame.

[12] i.e. "the metacarpals and metatarsals."

[13] Or, "and become varicose, with the result that the shanks swell whilst the skin recedes from the bone."

[14] Or, "suspensory ligament"? Possibly Xenophon's anatomy is wrong, and he mistook the back sinew for a bone like the fibula. The part in question might intelligibly enough, if not technically, be termed {perone}, being of the brooch-pin order.

If the young horse in walking bends his knees flexibly, you may safely conjecture that when he comes to be ridden he will have flexible legs, since the quality of suppleness invariably increases

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Luke Erik

I found the details on armour particularly interesting. And apparently the Greeks didnít shoe their horses. I never knew that. I really know nothing about horses but thereís lot that would be of interest to a modern horse handler. I donít know if methods are still the same today. He held my attention and I have really no inherent interest in horses.



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Elin Barnes
Elin Barnes has done many different things in her life, like being a flight instructor, working for a criminal appeals lawyer and working for many big name technology companies in Silicon Valley (Microsoft, Google etc.). But the one thing that she never thought would actually happen is to write (and finish) a book. Her debut novel, Justification for Murder, has, in the meantime, earned rave reviews and grown into a series. As our author of the day, Barnes reveals why she picked Silicon Valley as the backdrop, her inspiration behind writing a biomedical thriller and how she went for ride-alongs with the San Jose Police Department.
Read full interview...