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HAND-BOOK FOR HORSEWOMEN.

BY
H. L. De BUSSIGNY,

FORMERLY LIEUTENANT OF CAVALRY AND INSTRUCTOR OF RIDING
IN THE FRENCH ARMY.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
1, 3, AND 5 BOND STREET.

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It has been held by some professors of the art of horsemanship that it is impossible for a lady to ride with as much ease and as much control of her horse as a man, on account of the disadvantages of her high saddle and the absence of the right leg as a controlling agent; but the result of my experience has shown me that this is a mistaken opinion. Under the systems according to which riding was formerly taught, however, the judgment was a just one, because the object to be attained was the maintenance of the horse in what may be called a state of momentary equilibrium, or equilibrium of the second degree, by means of a double bit, curb and snaffle, aided by repeated slight pressure of the spurs. Under the more modern system the double bit is often replaced by a simple snaffle with one direct rein and one passing through a running martingale. The results obtained are more scientific and delicate, and the horse may be kept in a state of sustained equilibrium, or equilibrium of the first degree, in which condition he is entirely under the control of the lady who...................................

 

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