Horsemanship for Women/Part 1/Lesson 11

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Horsemanship for Women by Theodore Hoe Mead
Part 1, Lesson 11: To Move the Croup with Heel and Whip (Pirouette renversée)

LESSON XI.

TO MOVE THE CROUP WITH HEEL AND WHIP (PIROUETTE RENVERSÉE).

Having your horse light in hand and light on foot (that is to say, as we have before explained, with his face perpendicular, the bit held lightly, and his weight well supported on his hind-legs), tap him on the right flank with your whip or "crop" till he moves the croup one step to the left. Your great difficulty will be to prevent him from moving his right fore-foot, which by careful play of the bit you must endeavor to keep fixed to the ground, while at each tap of the whip the other three feet move one step around it. "When this lesson has been satisfactorily learned, proceed to teach in like manner the movement of croup to the right, pivoting on the left fore-foot, substituting, however, for the tap of the whip a pressure with the left heel, applied as far behind the girth as possible.

Should he not understand this pressure, interpret it to him with the whip. As long as there seems to be any mental effort required on his part, pause after each step to caress and praise him. Be careful to keep him
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MOVING THE CROUP WITH THE HEEL AND WHIP.

calm while learning, or he may tread one foot upon the other, possibly inflicting a severe wound, and after dismounting inspect his feet carefully to make sure that this has not happened.