In his equestrian treatise, Baron d'Eisenberg opened his work with a study of various breeds and their characteristics. It revealed that the Neapolitan horse, appreciated by the royal courts for its elegance and sanguine temperament, stood out (along with its rider) in the piaffer and canter. However, the author remarked, these horses "are difficult to train, as they are extremely capricious, and very often stubborn (...)." Yet they remained popular rides, "since they only reach their full strength and vigour after six or seven years, after which it is certain that they are of great use."
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