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The Lady and Her Horse Being Hints Selected from Various Sources and Compiled into a System of Equitation   By:

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Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. A list of corrections is found at the end of the text. Inconsistencies in spelling and hyphenation have been maintained. A list of inconsistently spelled and hyphenated words is found at the end of the text.

THE LADY AND HER HORSE, BEING HINTS SELECTED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND COMPILED INTO A SYSTEM OF EQUITATION.

BY MAJOR T. A. JENKINS.

MADRAS: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY PHAROAH AND CO. ATHENÆUM PRESS, MOUNT ROAD. 1857.

CONTENTS.

Page.

Introductory Address 1

Preparatory Remarks 2

Directions for Mounting 5

The Seat and Balance 7

Holding the Reins 10

Aids and Indications 11

Guiding 16

Animations 22

Soothing 21

Corrections 25

Vices 26

Paces of the Horse 33

Leaping 39

Road Riding 41

Dismounting 46

Concluding Remarks 48

EQUITATION.

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS.

"What delight To back the flying Steed, that challenges The wind for speed! Seems native more of Air, Than Earth! Whose burden only lends him fire! Whose soul is in his task, turns labour into sport And makes your pastime his!"

' Love Chase. '

"The chief point in Horsemanship", Colonel GREENWOOD observes in his "Hints on Horsemanship" "is to get your horse to be of your party; and not only to obey, but to obey willingly," "Good riding as a whole is indeed no trifle, and is worth acquiring by those whose pleasure or business it is to ride, because it is soon, and easily acquired, and when acquired it becomes habitual, and is as easy, nay much more so; and infinitely more safe, than bad riding. Good riding is an affair of skill, but bad riding is an affair of courage." Yet, in no other art, are there so many self thought Amateurs. Many ladies have a decided objection to going through the ordeal of a riding school; others have no opportunity of obtaining instructions, and the generality consider, that they are in possession of all that can be acquired upon the subject, when they have discovered a mode of retaining the seat, and guiding the horse; but to those who wish to sit a horse through all his paces, firmly, yet gracefully, to have the animal entirely under command, and as if imbued with one intelligence, to unite boldness, with modesty, and employ energy, without losing delicacy, these hints are addressed.

PREPARATORY REMARKS.

A lady's riding dress , should be neat, and compact, at the same time she should carefully avoid the slightest approach to a mannish appearance; she may study the becoming, provided there be nothing in her whole toilette likely to become disarranged or loosened by wind, or violent exercise. The hair should be so arranged that it cannot be blown about the eyes, and the hat should be perfectly secured on the head. So much for outward appearance, in other respects comfort alone should be studied.

The whip , should be light, and stiff. When too pliable, a lady frequently touches her horse with it unintentionally, thereby teasing and exciting him, and moreover such a whip is useless as an "aid."

The lady's bridle , should be, what is called a double bitted bridle, consisting of a bit with a curb chain; and a snaffle, two separate head stalls, united by one brow band, each, with a separate rein.

The curb bit is a very powerful implement, the best for all purposes is a light one; in choosing a bit for a horse, the distance between the cheeks, should accord with the width of the horse's mouth; they should be of an average length, and the mouth piece should be only sufficiently arched, to admit of the horse's tongue passing freely underneath it. The bit should be placed in the horse's mouth, so that the mouth piece be one inch above the lower tusk, the curb chain should be laid flat, and smooth under the jaw, and so loose, as to allow a finger to pass freely inside of it... Continue reading book >>




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