Well Pinto - you asked - here it is:
One is often asked: What is DiDi’s role in life - well it is to be a
Gentleman’s Riding Horse - no more - no less and herewith is what that means:
A GENTLEMAN’S RIDING HORSE
The single term “hacking” definitely does not convey “ that the horse should :
“Go anywhere its rider asks: at any pace over any terrain alone or in company“,
The phrase, Gentleman’s Riding Horse” actually means much, much more.
The full description might read:
The horse should: readily respond to all of the rider’s instructions.
and to actively pass: over highway, along a road, a lane, a path, or a track
at: ground level or along the top of a ridge, thru wood or open countryside
at any pace: walk: active or extended; rhythmic or fast
trot: medium or extended
canter: collected or extended
gallop : fast or flat out
on any surface ie : tarmac, grass, stoney path, cobble stones or rock,
through: puddle, flood water or wadeable stream
alone or in company of: other riders of every ability from novice to expert;
at the front of the line, in the middle of the line or at the end of the line
amongst: pedestrians, cars, motor cycles, push bikes, lorries, tractors
under: birds, kites, balloons, aircraft or helicopters
in: wind and rain or thunderstorm
despite: plastic bags, umbrellas, road signs, footballs
in the presence of: barking & aggressive dogs, goats, pigs, donkeys & mules
The horse must stand on the kerb, awaiting instruction to cross a busy and fast arterial road.
It must pass over a narrow bridge across a motorway
It must pass through a tunnel laid underneath a motorway
It should hold its line of march down a high street or a country lane with passing places
It must wait upon command at traffic lights or other stops signs.
It must stand attentively whilst its rider converses with passers by
It should move forward and move backwards to permit the opening of field gates
It should never ever, whirl or bolt in fright, in fear or as an evasion.
It should hop over ditches, streams and fallen trees.
It must submit to being tied to a hitching point without resistance whilst patiently awaiting its master.
It must stand to be mounted. It must ride on or off the bit.
If the rider loses his/her balance, it must pick up the shift of weight and compensate.
The riders job is to set the route,
The horse’s job is to carry safely both itself & rider over the terrain, whatsoever that may prove to be.
If asked to trot, then the horse should trot, uphill or downhill until asked to change the pace.
If asked to halt, the horse should come to a halt and then stand awaiting it’s master’s pleasure.
Never should the horse evade the bit nor jerk the reins from the rider’s hands.
If the reins are dropped onto the horse’s neck and no further instruction is given, then the horse
should make its way at the walk back to the stable by the shortest route.
Under no circumstance must the horse, balk, rear, buck or swerve for any reason except in circumstances when the horse might realize that the way ahead is unsafe for example in land prone to bogs.
Neither should it show any signs of aggression towards humans unless to protect itself from unwarranted aggression
Neither should the horse snatch succulent plants from the hedgerow however tempting.
But as you might have guessed, such horses are not easy to find.
But if DiDi were not so skittish, and I believe deep down she has a sense of responsibility towards her rider
then maybe she could make the grade.
As for dressage is concerned , well she can go as far as the judges will let her - as long as she is not terrified of the arena in front of a large crowd.
Last edited by xxBarry Godden; 03-01-2012 at 07:03 PM.