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Above the bit:
A horse is said to be above the bit when the head is too high and the angle of the face is too far in front of the perpendicular.  In this case the pressure of the bit comes on the corners of the lips instead of the bars of the mouth.  It frequently occurs with horses that are weak in the back and is caused by the weight of the rider.  These horses must be given plenty of time to become accustomed to carrying the weight with a lowered head and arched back.  On no account must an attempt be made to lower the head by pulling at the reins or by any other incorrect method.
—  Alois Podhajsky ~ The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider
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Leif Podhajský | on Tumblr (UK)

Leif Podhajsky is an artist and Creative Director. His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to inspire the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings. Leif’s work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience. Pursuing a symbiosis between digital techniques and organic outcomes.

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Horses are for the most part good-natured, insubordination may more often be caused by overwork or pain than by disobedience.  The amount of work to be given may be governed by the rule that the horse should return to his stable as fresh as when he left it.
—  Alois Podhajsky ~ The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider
Equestrian language has coined the word “aids” to give it a deeper meaning than orders. The rider should aid his horse to understand him; this means that the horse should never be afraid of the aids and that the rider has sufficient patience to be sure his horse understands what is demanded of him.
—  The Complete Training of Horse and Rider
-Alois Podhajsky
The object of the classical art of riding is to train a horse not only to be brilliant in the movements and exercises of the High School, but also to be quiet, supple, and obedient, and by his smooth movements to make riding a true pleasure.  This clearly shows that in every kind of riding we strive for the same objective.  Whether it is a dressage horse, a jumper, a hunter, or charger, he should always be quiet, supple, and obedient.  These qualities are the basis for every kind of riding.  Performances of the greatest brilliance can be built up only on this foundation.
—  Alois Podhajsky ~ The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider