Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
There are many little things in showing that stem from tradition, like the fact that tack should be brown comes from the fact that black tack used to be substandard tack, on brown tack you could see any flaws in it but the black you couldnt. Therefore black tack was for farmers and "poor" people (yes that sounds snobby, but it is the history of it not my personal oppinion)
Hacks don't extend their canter or gallop because they are supposed to instead canter almost on the spot as they had to canter at the same pace as other horses trotted so that the "dandy" on his hack could hold the hand of a lady in the carriage and still look elegant.
Little unwritten rules that have massive history behind them.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT