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Riding Recollections, 5th ed.   By: (1821-1878)

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Transcriber's Note

Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. A list of corrections is found at the end of the text. Oe ligatures have been expanded.

[Illustration: Frontispiece Page 123.]

RIDING RECOLLECTIONS.

BY G. J. WHYTE MELVILLE.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY EDGAR GIBERNE.

FIFTH EDITION.

LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, PICCADILLY. 1878.

[ All Rights Reserved. ]

LONDON: R. CLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR, PRINTERS, BREAD STREET HILL.

Dedicated,

ON BEHALF OF "THE BRIDLED AND SADDLED,"

TO THE

"BOOTED AND SPURRED."

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE KINDNESS 3

CHAPTER II. COERCION 13

CHAPTER III. THE USE OF THE BRIDLE 34

CHAPTER IV. THE ABUSE OF THE SPUR 59

CHAPTER V. HAND 72

CHAPTER VI. SEAT 94

CHAPTER VII. VALOUR 109

CHAPTER VIII. DISCRETION 126

CHAPTER IX. IRISH HUNTERS 144

CHAPTER X. THOROUGH BRED HORSES 163

CHAPTER XI. RIDING TO FOX HOUNDS 180

CHAPTER XII. RIDING at STAG HOUNDS 203

CHAPTER XIII. THE PROVINCES 220

CHAPTER XIV. THE SHIRES 235

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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The Dorsetshire farmer's plan of teaching horses to jump timber 8

"If he should drop his hind legs, shoot yourself off over his shoulders in an instant, with a fast hold of the bridle, at which tug hard, even though you may not have regained your legs" 32

"Lastly, when it gets upon Bachelor, or Benedict, or Othello, or any other high flyer with a suggestive name, it sails away close, often too close, to the hounds leaving brothers, husbands, even admirers, hopelessly in the rear" ( Frontispiece ) 123

"Perhaps we find an easy place under a tree, with an overhanging branch, and sidle daintily up to it, bending the body and lowering the head as we creep through, to the admiration of an indiscreet friend on a rash horse who spoils a good hat and utters an evil execration, while trying to follow our example" 138

"When we canter anxiously up to a sign post where four roads meet, with a fresh and eager horse indeed, but not the wildest notion towards which point of the compass we should direct his energies, we can but stop to listen, take counsel of a countryman, &c." 193

At bay 208

"'Come up horse!' and having admonished that faithful servant with a dig in the ribs from his horn, blows half a dozen shrill blasts in quick succession, sticks the instrument, I shudder to confess it, in his boot, and proceeds to hustle his old white nag at the best pace he can command in the wake of his favourites" 225

"The King of the Golden Mines" 242

RIDING RECOLLECTIONS.

RIDING RECOLLECTIONS.

As in the choice of a horse and a wife a man must please himself, ignoring the opinion and advice of friends, so in the governing of each it is unwise to follow out any fixed system of discipline. Much depends on temper, education, mutual understanding and surrounding circumstances. Courage must not be heated to recklessness, caution should be implied rather than exhibited, and confidence is simply a question of time and place. It is as difficult to explain by precept or demonstrate by example how force, balance, and persuasion ought to be combined in horsemanship, as to teach the art of floating in the water or swimming on the back. Practice in either case alone makes perfect, and he is the most apt pupil who brings to his lesson a good opinion of his own powers and implicit reliance on that which carries him... Continue reading book >>




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