A Method of Horsemanship: Founded Upon New Principles: Including the Breaking and Training of Horses : with Instructions for Obtaining a Good Seat

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A. Hart, 1852 - Horsemanship - 254 pages
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Page 78 - ... and allow him to resume his natural position. It is of the utmost importance that the horse never be allowed to take the initiative. Always oppose the raising of the horse's head — always lower your hands and bring it down.
Page 58 - And first, I lay down the principle that all the resistances of young horses spring, in the first place, from a physical cause, and that this cause only becomes a moral one by the awkwardness, ignorance, and brutality of the rider. In fact, besides the natural stiffness peculiar to all horses, each of them, has a peculiar conformation, the greater or less perfection of which constitutes the degree of harmony that exists between the forces and the weight. The want of this harmony occasions the ungracefulness...
Page 14 - However favored by nature the horse may be, he requires a preparatory exercise to enable his forces to afford each other mutual assistance ; without this, everything becomes mechanical and hazardous, as well on his part as on that of the rider. " What musician could draw melodious sounds from an instrument without having exercised his fingers in handling it? He would certainly, if he attempted such a thing, produce only false, discordant sounds ; and the same thing occurs in horsemanship, when we...
Page 90 - ... proceeding from the bit more acute, will understand that the only way to avoid it is to incline the head in the direction from which the pressure is felt. (Plate IX.) 2. As soon as the horse's head is brought round to the right, the left rein will form an opposition, to prevent the nose from passing beyond the perpendicular. Great care should be taken that the head remain always in this position, without which the flexion would be imperfect and the suppleness incomplete. The movement being regularly...
Page 65 - ... And when, by feeling his way without any certainty of success, the horseman, gifted with some tact and experience, ends by accustoming the horse to obey the impressions communicated to him, the rider imagines that he has surmounted great difficulties, and attributes to his skill a state so near to that of nature, that correct principles would have obtained it in a few days. Then as the animal continues to display in all his movements the grace and lightness natural to his beautiful formation,...
Page 181 - Passing frequently from the gallop with the right foot to that with the left, in a straight line, and with halts, will soon bring the horse to make these changes of feet by the touch without halting. Violent effects of force should be avoided, which would bewilder the horse and destroy his lightness. We must remember that this lightness which should precede all changes of pace and direction, and make every movement easy, graceful and inevitable, is the important condition we should seek before everything...
Page 117 - ... not sufficient to keep the croup still. At the beginning, this leg should be placed as far back as possible, and not be used until the haunches bear against it. By careful and progressive management the results will soon be attained ; at the start, the horse should be allowed to rest after executing two or three steps well, •which will give five or six halts in the complete rotation of the shoulders around the croup.
Page 47 - The legs will be swung backward and forward like tne pendulum of a clock ; that is, the pupil •will raise them so as to touch the cantle of the saddle with his heels. The repetition of these flexions will soon render the legs supple, pliable, and independent of the thighs. The flexions of the legs and thighs will be continued for four days (eight lessons). To make each of these movements more correct and easy, eight days (or sixteen lessons) will be devoted to them. The fifteen days (thirty lessons),...
Page 125 - ... horse? In suppling the parts of the animal upon which the rider acts directly, in order to govern and guide him, in accustoming them to yield without difficulty or hesitation to the different impressions which are communicated to them, I have destroyed their stiffness, and restored the centre of gravity to its true place, namely, to the middle of the body. I have, besides, settled the greatest difficulty of horsemanship : that of subjecting, before everything else, the parts upon which the rider...
Page 52 - ... (with his shoulders on a level) ; the horse will trot equally to the right and to the left. When the seat is firmly settled at all the different paces, the instructor will explain simply, the connection between the wrists and the legs, as well as their separate effects. Education of the horse. — Here the rider will commence the horse's education, by following the progression I have pointed out, and which will be found farther on. The pupil will be made to understand all that there is rational...

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