By Xenophon, Paul Cartledge
One among Socrates' Athenian disciples in his formative years, Xenophon (c. 498-354 bc) fought as a mercenary commander in Cyrus the Younger's crusade to grab the Persian throne, and later wrote a variety of works on heritage, politics and philosophy. those six treatises provide his knowledgeable insights into the character of management. within the discussion among the poet Simonides and Hiero, tyrant of Syracuse, Xenophon offers a consummate attention of the burdens of being an absolute dictator and the very best happiness of the personal guy. in other places, his biography of King Agesilaus II of Sparta depicts the author's buyer as a version of piety, justice, braveness and knowledge, whereas different texts think about the fundamental characteristics of the cavalry commander, examine the abilities of the horseman and the hunter, and boost a daring fiscal plan for democratic Athens.
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I shall now try and clarify how, for my part, those effects are to be got.  within the first position, you'll have no less than bits. 1 one in all them might be delicate and feature good-sized discs, whereas the opposite will be tough and feature heavy, small discs. The acne of the tough bit could be sharp adequate to harm the pony whilst the bit is inserted into its mouth and make it drop the bit into position; while it truly is given the sleek one as a substitute, then, it is going to be one of these aid that it'll perform at the gentle bit every thing it's been proficient to do at the tough  bit. a potential challenge, although, is that it may possibly locate the smoothness of a soft bit too effortless and continue leaning on it; this is the reason the sleek bit is provided with huge discs, that are designed to strength the pony to open its jaws and enable the bit drop into position. it's also attainable to conform the tough bit to different kinds of bit in order that it acts by way of both compression or stress. 2  no matter what form of bit you employ, it has to be versatile. the difficulty with a stiff bit is that whichever a part of it's really gripped via the pony, the full of it really is held opposed to the horse’s jaws. think an individual picking out up a spit: it's the entire spit he selections up, by no means brain at what  element of its size he truly takes carry of it. the opposite form of bit, notwithstanding, behaves like a series within the feel that the single a part of it to stay unbent is the half that is really gripped, whereas the remaining hangs loosely off this half. the pony consistently attempts to retrieve the elements of the bit which are evading its grip in its mouth, and in so doing it we could the bit drop from its jaws. that also is why there are earrings mounted in among the axles, in order that because the horse is going after those earrings with its tongue and enamel it doesn't think about taking the bit up opposed to its jaws. In case someone doesn't comprehend what the phrases ‘flexible’ and ‘stiff’  suggest whilst utilized to bits, I had greater clarify this to boot. a piece is versatile whilst the hyperlinks on its axles are large and tender sufficient to bend simply; additionally, if all of the components which are outfitted directly to the axles have huge instead of constrained apertures, the bit is much more versatile. * besides the fact that, whether it is challenging for all of the numerous elements of the bit to  converse and interlock, the bit is stiff. no matter what form of bit you will have, there's not the slightest distinction within the use to which it needs to be positioned if you'd like your horse to appear striking within the approach i've got defined. The strain at the horse’s  mouth may still neither be so harsh that it tosses its head or so light that it doesn't detect it. once it has raised its neck in line with the strain, you want to supply it its head – remembering the overall guide, which i've got given lots of occasions already, for you to present any example of obedience at the a part of the pony. So  for those who can see that the pony is having fun with the upright carriage of its neck and the slackness of the reins, you have to steer clear of the type of harsh measures you utilize while you are forcing it to exert itself and simply coax it as though you have been making plans to head for a traditional journey.