American Boy's Book of Sport & Pastimes - 1864

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American Boy's Book of Sport & Pastimes - 1864

Postby admin » 04 Nov 2011 15:03

With good sections on foil and broadsword (sabre) fencing, including interesting observations:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=3jAN ... &q&f=false
http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

I like swords more than you.
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Re: American Boy's Book of Sport & Pastimes - 1864

Postby Dave Long » 06 Nov 2011 23:37

I found page 232 particularly interesting: despite the "english" riding style (and, oddly enough, the depictions in most of the illustrations) the authors expect riders in 1864 to hold all their reins in the left hand.
In many well-broken ponies the mere moving of the whole hand to the right or left is sufficient, which, by pressing the reins against the neck, indicates the wish of the rider, and is promptly responded to by the handy pony.

Sometime over the last century-and-a-half, then, the disappearance of sabre, lance, etc. from the cavalry (shortly before the disappearance of the horse itself) led to a sea change in equitation whereby we now expect even olympic competitors to have both hands occupied with the reins.
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