John. Swire's Anglo-French horsemanship PDF

By John. Swire

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It is An a sign of a weakness which should have excitable horse should be managed almost entirely with the reins, fectly and the legs should be kept per- still. * As it much easier to control when his hind legs are well under him, than when they are out behind him, school riders recommend that before using the hands, the hand finds a horse the legs and spurs should be first pressed in gently to bring the hind legs under and balance the horse. To shorten the reins one should therefore run the hand forward along them, and then, instead of pulling at them to get the hand first back to the intermittent body, leg to collect until pressure neck and loosens the reins the hand to take The final make a horse the horse by he bends his sufficiently to enable its proper position.

To decide upon the bit most suitable to a horse, examine the mouth with the fingers, and find out by pressure whether or not the bars or tongue are unduly sensitive, and let the result of this examination regulate the height and width of the port, the mouthpiece being exactly the same width as the lower jaw at the point opposite the chin groove. 16 SADDLE AND BRIDLE In arranging the bits in the horse's mouth, put the bradoon on alone first, so that it lies exactly in the corners of the mouth, not stretching them in the slightest when the reins are slack the mouthpiece of the curb ; should then be placed just clear of the ends of the bradoon, falling on the bars of the lower bit jaw in at a point about opposite the chin groove, such a manner that the curb chain fits in it smoothly and snugly, yet not so loosely that it can get over the under lip when the reins are slack.

This grip of the knees should be developed for use when wanted, during long trots, and one should also practise opening the thighs when there is an inclination to grip, so as to bring the muscles under control of the voluntary contractions. and prevent inIn the words of Mr. " The secret of remaining on " a horse when he " plays up is to drop the hands, press the heels down, sink well into go with him in all his movements, him to move forward with the legs The tendency, when trotting on the saddle, to and and to force spurs.

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