The purpose of training the 'rational way' is to produce a versatile riding horse - a rounded individual well able to take
part creditably in competitive events at a good middle-of-the-road level, whose preparation allows him to enjoy his working
life, while contributing materially to his rider's enjoyment of the relationship. Topics covered include: grooming and handling,
diet and routine, long-reining and transitions in-hand, work on the lunge, backing, communication, riding out, schooling,
jumping, turning out, saddlery and equipment. The author acknowledges that there are other methods of training that achieve
their results in a shorter space of time, but holds that the proven, 'rational way' described here, while taking longer, also
lasts longer. It is more relevant to the modern requirement and more conducive to the production of the happy horse, balanced
in mind and body.