RESTIVE, or Resty. A term applied to a horse, &c. that stops or runs back, instead of advancing forward. In the manege, a restive horse is a rebellious, refractory, illbroken horse, which only goes where it will, and when it will. A horse of this sort, who has been too much constrained and tyrannized over, should be treated with the same lenity as a young colt. The spurs are improper to be used to either: instead of which a switch should be used, in order to drive him forward, as he will be thus less alarmed; because the spurs surprise a horse, abate his courage, and are more likely to make him restive, than to oblige him to go forward, if he refuses to do so. There is likewise another method to punish a restive horse, which is to make him go backward the' moment he begins to resist. These corrections generally succeed; but the general rule is to push and carry your horse forward, whenever he refuses to advance, and continues in the same place, and defends himself either by turning or flinging his croupe on one side or the other ; and for this purpose no thing is so efficacious as to push him forward vigorously.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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