Horses, Saddles and Bridles (Equestrian Travel Classic Series)

Horses, Saddles and Bridles (Equestrian Travel Classic Series)

by William Harding Carter



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590480465
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: Equestrian Travel Classic Series
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter IThe Cavalry Horse9
Inspection of Cavalry Horses
Importance of Careful Inspection
Remarks on Judging Horses
Nomenclature of the Horse
The Skeleton
The Superior Muscles
The Exterior Regions
Examination of the Horse
Relations Between Dimensions of Certain Parts
Examination in Detail as to Form
The Head; Neck; Withers: Shoulders; Back; Ribs; Chest; Fore Legs and Feet; Hind Quarters: Tail; Body
Examination for Soundness
Chapter IIThe Framework Of The Horse59
Center of Motion
Center of Gravity
Base of Support
Relative Positions of Centers of Motion and Gravity
Effect of Head and Neck on Center of Gravity
Artificial Balance of Saddle Horse
Chapter IIIThe Gaits Of Horses67
Motion Implies Displacement of Center of Gravity
Natural Gaits
Stride and Step
The Walk
The Trot
The Hand Gallop or Canter
The Fast Gallop or Run; True, False, Disconnected
Fatigue Somewhat Dependent on Motion of Center of Gravity
The Jump
Chapter IVThe Endurance Of Horses81
Influence of the Weight of the Pack
Necessity for Husbanding Strength at First
Preliminary Hardening Valueless Unless Horses Are Kept Supplied with Forage
Abuse of Horses
Marching Gaits
Endurance Varies with Treatment, Size and Shape
Causes of Losses of Horses in War
Cavalry Raids
Losses of Horses in Various Campaigns
The Establishment of the Cavalry Bureau, and What it Accomplished
Frontier Service
Chapter VThe Age Of Horses98
Period of Longevity or Extreme Age
Mares Live Longer than Horses
"Rising" and "Past" a Certain Age
Age as Indicated by the Teeth
Wolf's Teeth
Temporary Teeth
Permanent Teeth
The Marks or Cups
Angle Which Incisors Make in Coming Together
The Tusks
Rasping Off the Corners of Incisors
Chapter VIBits114
Classified as Bar, Snaffle and Curb
The Mouthing: Pelham; Whitman
Bit and Bridoon
Horse's Mouth Structurally Considered: Curb Groove; Jaw Bone; Tongue Channel; Bars
Temperament of Mouth: Normal; Tender; Hard; Spoiled
Dimensions Considered in Fitting Curb Bits; Width of Mouth: Width of Tongue Channel: Height of Bars
The Curb Bit: Its Action as a Lever; Proportions of Upper and Lower Branches; Falling Through; Standing Stiff; Angle at which Reins Act on Bit; Position of Curb Chain; Width and Length; Form and Proportions of Mouth-Piece; Attachment of Headstalls
American, British and European Cavalry Bits
Chapter VIIBitting And Training143
End and Aim of Bitting
Principle Governing All Bitting
Importance of Knowledge of Subject
Effect of Head and Neck
How Bit Should be Regarded
Rational Treatment
Horse Made Familiar with New Surroundings
Equipped with Snaffle Bit
"Dumb Jockey."
Riding School and Track
Establishing Gaits
Use of Longe; Training Halter; Running Rein
Use of Saber, and Fire-Arms
Selecting and Fitting Curb Bit
Mouth Gauge
Trial Bit
Hard and Tender Mouth
Effect of Seat of Rider
Riding with One Hand
Guiding by Pressure of Rein on Neck
Chapter VIIISaddles161
Value of Knowledge of Construction and Adjustment
Under Surface; Shape; Size Proportioned to Weight Carried
Upper Surface: Size Proportioned to Bulk Carried
Importance of Shape of Seat
Where to Put the Weight in Saddle
Position of Saddle on the Horse
Materials for Construction
Military Saddles
Side Bars; Length; Shape; Adjustable
Experiment to Show Proper Adjustment of Pack
Padding: Pads; Blankets
Breast Straps
Rules for Selection and Arrangement of Saddle and Pack
Chapter IXSeats171
Variety of Seats
Value of a Well Balanced Seat
Safest and Best Seat
Balance, Friction and Stirrups
Seat Depends Upon Purpose In Riding
Long or Chair Seat; "Tongs-across-a-wall" Seat; Fork Seat; Military Seat
Chapter XCavalry Saddles And Packs192
Designed to Carry Heavy Loads
Weights of Saddles and Packs
Disadvantages of Heavy and Bulky Packs
American Cavalry: The Saddle; Field Equipment; Pack; Field Uniforms
Chapter XIThe Horse's Foot219
Necessity for Care of Horse's Foot
Knowledge of Structure
Foot as Means of Support
Coffin Bone; Tendons; Navicular Bone; Elastic Portions of Foot; Wall; Sole; Frog
Growth of Hoof
Preparing Foot for Shoe
Practices to be Avoided
Important Points about Shoe
Best Kind for Cavalry Horses
Putting on Shoe
Shoeing to Remedy Defects
Chapter XIIStable Management236
Stable Routine
Nursing Sick Horses: Discharges; Hand Rubbing; Sponging; Hot and Cold Applications; Steaming; Poultices; Bandages; Pulse; Temperature; Blankets; Removing Shoes; Balls; Drenches; Injections
Supply Table of Medicines
Explanation of Medicines
Stable Instructions

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