One of the greatest treatises on horsemanship can be found in the form of Lewis Edward Nolan’s book “The Training of Cavalry Remount Horses, A New System” (Parker, Furnivall & Parker, London, 1852). What makes this book an important addition to any horseman’s personal library lies in not only it’s historical significance but also in it the technical information on the training of horses.
While the book is geared to riding to arms and speaks little concerning the rider’s seat, it is an invaluable source of information concerning the overall effective training of horses. The information contained in “The Training of Cavalry Remount Horses, A New System” is as valid today as it was when written in 1852 and is easily adapted to modern forward riding by any thinking modern horseman.
Lewis Edward Nolan (January 4, 1818 – October 25, 1854) is most noted for his role in launching the famous (or infamous according to most historians) “Charge of The Light Brigade” at The Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. A brief description of his career can be read at: http://www.silverwhistle.co.uk/crimea/louisnolan.html
Many of the sentiments, techniques, methods and theories put forth by Nolan in this book are echoed by future riders such as Caprilli, Littauer, Santini, Chamberlain, Wright and others. The commentary concerning the psychology of the horse is also useful to any rider or trainer in any given discipline and is one of the ‘must read’ books on horsemanship. While geared to the double bridle, it offers valuable insight into the applications of the snaffle and the curb as distinct and combined elements.
Many thanks to Staney Watts of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire for pointing me towards this book.