Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Hillard J. Hay]
“The boys told me I must be properly equipt to ride and ten gallon hat along with a heavy set of suprs were necessary. They told me the proper way to ride 'em was to put the spurs on the animals side and beat it over the head with my hat, and yell while doing so. They said such would convince the hoss
“After I learned more about a horse, I discovered that I did the wrong thing with a broken horse and for a rider that was not, up on his riding. I was causing these horses to pitch a great deal more and harder, than they would have pitched if I had not yelled, clubed their ears with my hat and raked their sides with spurs. If one is a top rider, the spurs can be used to discourage a horse and compel it to become docile to one's commands.
“After I was injured, Sealy said: 'I am going to teach you how to ride I 'em.' He told me a simple and fundamental principle about riding a horse, which is to swing one's body with the movement of the horse, and to watch the horse. A horse will indicate its movements. Of course, one must learn the indications, which are muscular