View Full Version : Favorite reading: Finally bought the de Nemethy Method!

Mar. 28, 2011, 08:30 PM
So today was an exciting mail day for me. I got the 4 leadropes I'd recently ordered from 2 different places, and more exciting, my copy of The de Némethy Method came!!

I've been wanting to pick up a copy of it for many years but only recently did I start looking for one online... where, to my surprise, the prices were $100 and up per copy! You can imagine my excitement when I found one for about half of that, and so I snatched it and can't wait to read it again (last time I saw it was when trainer loaned me her copy many years ago).

I also picked up a copy of Riding Logic by Müseler a couple of weeks ago, which until today has been bedtime reading for me :)

What are your favorite books that are harder to find? Any votes for the Podhajsky books? I was thinking I'll either grab one of his or pick up a copy of JW's "Training the Event Horse..." I don't think it's hard to find either of those authors, but then again I didn't think it'd be such a challenge to find the de Nemethy book!

Mar. 28, 2011, 10:26 PM
DeNemethy, Museler, Podhajsky certainly hit the high points of the classics. The one thing I'd add in that vein would be Chamberlin's "Training Hunters Jumpers and Hacks."

Mar. 28, 2011, 10:43 PM
How soon we forget Littauer! Commonsense Horsemanship and Schooling Your Horse.

I'd also add the 3 volume 1935 Cavalry Manual--Horsemanship and Horsemastership.

Mar. 28, 2011, 11:52 PM
late- i am jealous! been scouring the internet for that book and the prices are... well, not low enough yet! congrats on a great find!

Mar. 28, 2011, 11:52 PM
ooo vineyridge and subk, all of those suggestions sound wonderful! I've never even heard of Littauer, so forgive my ignorance :) those all will certainly be added to by "want" list!

not again
Mar. 29, 2011, 04:58 AM
Not well known but a wonderful book: The Conquest of the Horse by Yves Benoist-Gironiere.

Mar. 29, 2011, 10:38 AM
It's no wonder riding here is in the shape it is if Littauer is being forgotten. :)

Mtn trails
Mar. 29, 2011, 01:59 PM
I was given the de Nemethy book by a former eventer but haven't cracked it yet. Guess I better get on it. Just ordered Training the Event Horse and Rider by JW and the new Denny book. Right now, I'm loving the Gymnastic Book JW wrote. Can't remember the whole title.

Mar. 29, 2011, 02:48 PM
It's all about understanding horses as a whole and not just eventing:

Breeding the Racehorse by Frederico Tesio


Some complex and yet fascinating principles about how and what horses inherit into their descendent genes and such. A MUST read, especially if you tend towards riding and owning Tb's, but still worth a look for the rest of the world

The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse by Charles de Kunffy


Just an awesome read.

Horse and Rider: From basics to Show competition by Judy Richter.


The Complete Book of Horse Racing. (Helps to understand Tb's better)


Now these two go together:



Grooming to Win was recently brought current and I love it. The Practical Horseman book was a must must have when it came out.

Must Haves:

The Illustrated Veterinary Encyclopedia


Conditioning to Win


And all of these are available cheaply through Amazon.

Go read up...

I have more to come....


Mar. 29, 2011, 04:57 PM
Emily thanks for so many suggestions! I'm particularly interested in the first one you mentioned - "Breeding the Racehorse" - definitely one I would not have found/thought of reading on my own!

And who could forget de Kunffy :D

Past Tense
Mar. 29, 2011, 06:05 PM
My old event horse packed me around Prelim and saved my rear more times than I care to admit. Thanks to using the deNemethy Method gymnastic exercises, he basically taught himself good technique over fences. Truly the horse of my lifetime.
I have an OTTB now who simply gets bored too quickly. Two times through, fine, what next? How fast is usually next. I guess racing 54 times meant he really likes to RUN. He really loves foxhunting and can get places in a hurry. I've been told he actually looks like he's smiling when he's flying across a field!

But $100 for a copy!?! Yikes! I bought mine hot off the press when it first came out. Get your hands on those classics listed here. You realize how much of what is supposedly new is actually repackaged and slickly marketed classic horsemanship.