Why are horses so obedient

Obedience of the horse.

The latter only requires the training of gallop and tolerable obedience and has the advantages of strong forage, easy riders and good material; the former must work towards absolute obedience, properly train the horses in all gaits and bring them into the correct posture; the animal receives little food, carries a heavy rider and is often poorly built.

The relationship is different when it comes to training a horse for hunting and steeple chase purposes.

In England and France horses are tried for this purpose and only those are used that show a lot of talent and absolute obedience from home. The people there are rich enough to save themselves effort and work, and they have a lot of good horses. If, on the other hand, an officer buys a racehorse from us, he also wants to make a steepler or at least a good hunting horse out of it.

In most cases he would meet with resistance and then, if he only had some understanding (and we now have quite a number of such officers in the army), take the animal into the path and, by turning, throwing legs, etc., take full control of it seek to win, then go into the terrain and gradually get the horse used to bumps and obstacles.

In this way, however, an officer learns, even if he should not have so much understanding or a sense of duty in order to acquire all the knowledge an instructor needs (otherwise), at least the feeling of making a horse obedient, and for us soldiers that is certainly that Main thing. Only the cavalryman has confidence and courage to attack and dangerous patrol who sits on an obedient horse, because obedience and trust in his rider brings the horse over the obstacles into the square of the enemy.

In the current warfare, our army needs hundreds of officers trained in this regard. In order to achieve this training, however, racing is a lever that should not be underestimated.


This chapter is part of the book Race Riding