The Art of Falling III

My word, thanks everyone so much for your comments on the falling posts!  Yes, Dom Duarte does indeed feel that it is better to stay on rather than fall off.  In general , this seems to be the rule.  And wouldn’t it be a dull world indeed if we went to horse shows and performances and they consisted of riders falling off of horses?  Imagine — horse shows filled with small children toppling from their ponies and then clambering back aboard to take another tumble.  Ah, a sight only a mother could love or a grandparent with a new digital camera. How about the riders of the Royal Lipizzaners hitting the dirt over and over again? The Spanish Riding School would never be the same.  Oh! I know! Bareback riders in the circus getting on, falling off; getting on, falling off; getting on, falling off. Olympic falling-down contests.  Impossibly high jumps (10 foot high brick walls!) constructed solely for the purpose of dismounting the rider.  Fox hunts  in which no one clears the first hurdle.

(Note to self; stay on horse! Ha! Ok!)

So, is heel-dropping one of the best methods for staying aboard in terms of  a quick fix?  “Oh, my horse is spooking.  No matter — I shall drop my heels thus and return the beast to equanimity.” That’s the tool Leah gave me — dropping the heels.  It must be one of those muscle-memory -leads-to-faith-in-the-solution things.

And I have no objection over corrections about titles of texts, etc.  I only know of the one edition of Duarte’s book and since I’m mono-lingual, I must take what I can get.


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