Sir — I hope readers have studied the cover picture taken by the brilliant Nico Morgan
(15 November). The rider shows why we should all ride with a neck strap — her stunning grey hunter is unhindered by its rider as she holds the neck strap, therefore leaving her horse’s mouth alone. A hedge often has an uncertain
Karen Fiske MFH Saffron Walden, Essex
landing, but the rider’s secure seat and allowing hands make her safe in the saddle and allow her horse to look after her.
I am sure that the standard of riding has lowered over the past 20 years and many riders have none of the balance we were taught from Pony Club days, doing gridwork with no stirrups or reins with arms outstretched.
Today, many riders use their horse’s mouth to balance on, so maybe this constant crunching contributes to all the kissing spine cases that cost insurance companies a fortune each year.