In writing a foreword to Major Santinis book I do so because I have for some years been a convert to his method of forward riding. When I approach a new method of horsemanship I require certain evidence that it has shown successful results. A few days instruction under Major Santini convinced me that his method was the right one. My only regret is that I did not use his style of seat while an active polo player as I believe I would have then retired with a 10 goal handicap instead of a 9 goal. After the International Polo matches before the war there were always a lot of reasons put forward to excuse the defeats of the English team. I attribute them to two reasons one is that the English players rode, and still ride, longer than the Americans the other that, largely for this reason, they lack a compact seat and a solid stance. The best American players either consciously or unconsciously conform to Diagram A of Riding Rejections. In show jumping it has by this time been amply proved that those who have adopted the principles originally established by the Italian school have achieved the greatest success. I have also watched the efforts of children over a period of years by this time the same tenets are in general use, for they have proved invaluable not only in the show ring but also to all other forms of cross-country riding, including hunting, for people of both sexes and of all ages. With regard to steeple chasing one has only to look at the photographs to see which style is best suited to the horse.
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Aintree amateur AMERICAN STEEPLECHASE animal ankle apply attitude balance body Caprilli Cavalry School CHAPTER CORRECT POSITION course crosscountry riding defects Diagram difficult direction of Arrow double bridle England ENGLISH SADDLE ENGLISH STEEPLECHASE Equitazione example fences Figure fingers flaps foot FORWARD POSITION forward seat give haute école heel horse shows horse’s head HORSE’S LOINS horse’s mouth horsemanship horsemen horseshow hounds hunting field inclined instinct Italian Cavalry Italian saddle Italian seat Italy jockey jump JUMPING POSITION keep KNEE ROLLS landing latter length less martingale method mind mounted arms movement natural country never obstacles oldfashioned one’s pace particular Pelham performance phase photographs pointtopoints poise practically principles professional race reason result ridden rider rider’s hands running martingales Saumur shoulder show ring showring snaffle sport standing martingales stirrup straight stride takeoff THIGH AND TIBIA thoroughbred timber Tor di Quinto UPHILL GATE variety whip withers word wrist