The Ladies' Equestrian Guide; Or, the Habit & the Horse a Treatise on Female Equitation

The Ladies' Equestrian Guide; Or, the Habit & the Horse a Treatise on Female Equitation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...to the effect produced upon the horse's mouth, let the lady be mounted on a horse, whose mouth is perfectly obedient, but not too delicate, with her hand properly placed in the first position, and the reins collected till there is a steady feeling on the horse's mouth. The hand being connected with the reins, the reins with the bit, and the bit operating upon the horse's mouth, she will perceive that she cannot move the hand, nor even a finger, without having the horse's mouth more or less affected by the motion--however slight it be. This is called the " correspondence." On urging the horse to action, if the hand is held perfectly steady, the fingers feel, by the contraction, and dilatation, of the reins, a slight sensation or tug, occasioned by the cadence of every step. This sensation, which is reciprocally felt both by the hand, and in the horse's mouth, by means of the above described correspondence, is called the "appui " and so long as this appui is preserved between the hand and mouth, the horse is in perfect obedience to the rider, his pace and movements being apparently directed rather by the mind of the rider, than by the compulsion of the hand. If this appui, however, is always maintained in precisely the same degree, the horse's mouth becomes heated, and pained; the hands, therefore, must ever be, though to. the observer all but imperceptibly so, one continual spring, impulsive to the movements of the horse's head. In short, the horse must never feel a continued pull, or restraint, upon the bridle, unless it be to convey to him-some distinct purpose, or command from his rider. If the hands hang upon the bridle, or remain fixed and without variation, they produce what is termed a " dead pull" upon the horse's mouth; that is, there is...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678052
  • 9781236678058