Without knowing this, no man can dress a horse perfectly.
But there is nothing to be done till a horse's head is settled.
Be always lavish of your caresses, and sparing in your corrections.
The horse's neck is between the two reins of the bridle, which both meet in the rider's hand.
But we ought to consider the natural form and shape of a horse, that we may work him according to nature.
You should pull him back besides in all the lines before the quarter, just as you make the others advance.
You may observe in all my lessons, that I tell you how the legs go, and those who are unacquainted with that, are entirely ignorant and work in the dark.
By this way you may dress all sorts of horses in the utmost perfection, if you know how to practice it; a thing that is very easy in the hands of a master.
You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else.
But my method of the pillar, as it throws the horse yet more upon the haunches, is still more effectual to this purpose, and besides always gives him the ply to the side he goes of.