“More Information”

There is no more information here.  That’s all the information there is. If what you don’t need isn’t that – and you feel uncertain – I definitely may not consider your anti “matter.” Serious. Keep it clean. Or write: henry.c.fleming@gmail.com.  

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Why it’s worth being: Here.

You know that feeling. The one you’ve had since touching the Very. First. One? Which, at the time, was the very same thing as being touched by him – maybe her – to you … which, of course, you were – in one or two (probably not more) ways. I digress. It’s a moment you’re […]

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READ ME FIRST.

I was thinking the other day:  “Man! … Hank!  I wish we’d’ve given a READ ME FIRST  to every love we’d ever lost.”  Or got rid of.  Or that lost us.  Or however it went, isn’t the point.  I wish I had.  Just so-sy we’d’ve had a few things clear from the “get-go”.  From the […]

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The Main Thing. A Premise, Sort of.

  When people ask me “what do you do with horses?”, they get one of two answers, depending my very quick analysis of their background – and my mood. Non-horse people, neophytes, and the vast majority of people too young to vote get a very short answer:  I pet them, ride them, and watch them, […]

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“Hand & Heel” … What’s the big deal?

The “Hand & Heel” concept is iterated by the Duke of Newcastle, the Romanic school (including Californio Vaquero a la Ed Connell), as well as Francois Baucher and his disciples. What is it?  Different schools of equitation can make use of different aids and effect…

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Can you learn horse riding post-20s?

AB-SO-LUTELY. You can at any age. Of course, your “fast twitch” reactions are slower as you age, but I presume you’re not proposing to ride broncos. I went along on a fox hunt last year, and the master of hunt (who could ride like the devil) informed he _started_ riding at 46 … and had […]

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What’s the difference in the building between good dressage horses and good jumping horses?

If by “building” you mean “training” (in a historical sense) the finished dressage horse should be well capable of performing cross-country and jumping duties before even being started in high school training, which focuses on the pursuit of mobility and control, and does so by harnessing the horse’s ability to collect. High school equitation emerged, […]

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Why does it seem like more women than men like horses and horseback riding?

It seems this way because, in this savage age, unfortunately, it simply is this way – certainly in the US and UK. The more interesting question is how it came to be so. On the face of it, it is paradoxical: high school dressage, at core, is a martial art, originating during a time when […]

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Is Western style riding more difficult than English style?

The short answer is:  Done correctly, there should be no difference. In reality, most beginners enjoy the (invariably false) sense of security of a Western saddle, given the “handle” (horn).  At more advanced levels, this very much depends upon what you call “Western” and what you call “English”. High school equitation (high school ‘dressage’) is […]

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How can I get a horse to speed up or slow down by using my seat?

I’m unsure this is something you really want to condition your horse to do, however, I will give you your answer before trying to talk you out of deploying it too readily: 1. Firstly, your horse must already be responding to something in order to speed up and slow down now, else this a separate […]

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