An analysis of horsemanship : teaching the whole art of by John Adams

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Perpendicular to the knee, and horizontal with the heel and foot, sides and nearly ; parallel with the horse's the stirrup-leather as I have before explained. know many sportsmen that are in habit of riding home in the stirrups, I my object to and the will system of not riding home, their reason because they from cus- is, tom cannot ride otherwise; but began and continued w^ould have found no my if they had method, difficulty, they and the chafing their legs and galling their insteps would have been avoided.

Trotting-matches, there will always be ad- mirers of fast trotters, and without an occasional trial for a mile or two against an- other horse, they might as well be without them; therefore the method of riding a advantage, ter to ceptable to thought would be ac- I some of trot- my readers. The method close down to of riding a trotter which 5^ou are not to rise in the I stirrups, mean, to is sit as by the saddle as possible; nor stand in them, but taking a deep hold with the muscles of the thighs, sit as close and still as the action of the horse will permit, and the faster he goes, the less 3^ou will stirrup fmd your The seat disturbed.

ON THE HUNTING 22 SEAT. or small inclination, the position otherwise must be the same as when upright ; that is, the breast open, the shoulders down, the back hollow, the head firm. The arms must be to the body, placed firm, and close and the reins are mostly held by both hands without separating, for the eagerness of horses when hunting will occasion them to pull even in their slow paces; you therefore require the assistance Now of both hands. the firmest hold you can have with both hands, without separating the reins, before the left, is to apply the right put the middle finger down- ward between the reins, hand, turn yogr elbows then grasping the down body, and your thumbs up this hand close to —you your will find a secure hold.

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