Jules Pellier, Le langage équestre, 2nd edition, 1900 (reissued in 1993 by J.-M. Place)

"One can be a very skilled rider, a very experienced hunter with hounds, a very lucky jockey, a skilful breeder and a very good driver and yet not have the qualities that merit the title of horseman. (...) A horseman uses this animal wisely and makes an effort to keep it in good health for a long time with no flaws or character defects, while still keeping it working reasonably. Despite their talent, the rider or the driver who, to win a bet or simply for bragging rights, ruins or kill a horse by overworking it cannot be regarded as a true horseman."



Patrice Franchet d'Espèrey, national riding school