The purpose of this condensed manual is to convey to beginners as briefly as possible the fundamentals of horseback riding.
When a person first becomes interested in horseback riding, there are certain suggestions and principles that should be explained to the rider. Horses are creatures with minds of their own - consequently, they often decide to move when the rider least expects it. The rider must be prepared! Therefore, before the beginner even mounts a horse, he should be instructed in the fundamentals of posting, and correct handling.
Not only new riders but old as well should know the facts expressed in the following pages. Many people - considered experienced riders - know very little about correct riding.
Experienced riders - Check your riding with the fundamentals included in these pages. Are you a good rider? Do you ride gracefully and at ease so that your ride may be the most beneficial and enjoyable?
It would be impossible to go into detail on any one phase of riding and still limit the reading to manual form.
Therefore, the writer will consider his task accomplished if beginners and experienced riders alike - can gain a general summary of correct riding from these pages.