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Independent use of the aids is to be able to roll a cigarette between the fingers whilst using the JAMES FILLIS. " 45 ANGLO-FRENCH HORSEMANSHIP The other schools are all for leg work, the hands being more or less passive agents, closing strongly on the reins when the horse bears on the bit, or pulls, and allowing the legs to gently Their chief maxims press him against the bit. " are Peu de mains, et beaucoup de jambes" "Main fixe, rdnes tendues, et jambes actives et : constantes" a jambes la 1 Immobilite du bras, souplesse des "La main poignets," les " main le indique le mouvement et " La tigeret font exdcuter," and est donnfe par les jambes et par les This does not fyerons pres des sangles" mean that the horse should be held tight by the head and then spurred * bit if ; until he yields to the the horse bears on the hand, the hands should be raised, keeping only a very light so as to allow the horse on the mouth, feeling the free use of his neck.

47 ANGLO-FRENCH HORSEMANSHIP I venture to think that the principal duty of is to keep the attention of the horse the hand fixed by maintaining a steady, even, light feeling on the mouth and that knee pressure alone ; should be used to strengthen the hand, the lower part of the leg being only used, either to drive the horse forwards, or to punish him for disobedience or unruly conduct, or to cause him to relax the muscles of the lower jaw ; and when the lower part of the leg is being used for any reason but punishment, the hand should be very slightly eased so that the horse can answer to the leg or spur by moving forward and yielding the lower jaw.

Recourse ; slacken In the same way a horse should never be D 33 ANGLO-FRENCH HORSEMANSHIP allowed to recoil from the hand ; he must be driven forwards at once by the legs. The hands and arms should be supple, but the give and take should come from the fingers, hands and wrists alone, the hands and fingers being open, whilst the horse is going nicely and closing tightly on the reins without pulling ; the at them, thumb alone first and then the necessary, the knees at the same time the moment the gripping the saddle firmly, horse tries to gain the ascendency.

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