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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

9/8/12

#80 Head or Butt "

I had learned, somewhere along the line, that when cinching your darling that it is best to have your butt facing the horse's head so that you can keep an eye on what the back legs are doing - this is for safety.
However, a few years ago I thought that maybe it would be  better to have your head facing the same direction as the horse's head with your butt facing his back legs - thinking that maybe, if something bad was to happen, it would be better to get kicked in the butt than in the head.
Head facing back legs
Butt facing back legs
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated -

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