BET­TER RID­ING

Horse & Hound - - Letters -

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.

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