George Morris, Coaches at WEG, and Reining

Each time I approach a new article written by George Morris I hope it’s the one that I can agree with.   So far, each time, I’m disappointed.  That’s partially because I can’t abide by someone who takes foundational principals and tweaks them with his own definition; such as George Morris’ definition of base of support (see  my July 8, 2009 […] Continue Reading

Crest Release- Where Did It Come From?

How did the crest release become the standard way of using the hands during jumping in the United States? Did we always use the crest release? Where did it come from? In 1938 when Capt. Littauer first told riders to “…support(ing) yourself with your hands laid on the horse’s neck.”, he was addressing riders who were beginning to jump.  He […] Continue Reading

Has Base of Support Changed?

by Barbara Ellin Fox In my blog titled, Are Hands Part of the Base of Support?,  I showed you why, Mr. Morris’ definition of the base of support  is only part of the truth. In this blog I’ll show you why seat and thighs are inadequate as a base of support and how riders have compensated for it. What happens […] Continue Reading

Are Hands Part Of The Base Of Support In Jumping?

A Recap In my last blog I showed you how the Base of Support has evolved from Fort Riley to the current Hunter Seat trend. This blog will explain why “Base of Support” as defined by the legendary teacher, George Morris, is only a part of the truth on the flat and over fences. To refresh our memory, the 1935 […] Continue Reading

Will the Real Cavalry Manual Please Stand Up?

by Barbara Ellin Fox I have a passion for horse books, especially the older classics. They’re a wealth of information and are unencumbered by commercialism- at least most of them. Lt. Col. Harry D. Chamberlin I love to read Lt. Col. Harry D. Chamberlin and I almost enjoy his 1934 “Riding and Schooling Horses” more than his1938 “Training Hunters, Jumpers, […] Continue Reading

Changing the Base of Support

It doesn’t take much to change a foundational teaching on horsemanship. Make a small omission, teach a slightly different definition, distort a concept or tool; and then pass it on to the current generation, and horsemanship evolves. Mean No Harm The study of horsemanship at the Fort Riley Cavalry School was based on the theories of riding from the French […] Continue Reading