The Book of the Horse

The Book of the Horse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...over the "movable articulation of the point of the shoulder," is the very worst for drawing heavy weights. In a stable where young or green horses are being trained to harness, the better plan is to have a number of the cheap straw collars of different sizes, so that there may be no need of using a leather one that does not fit. Many a valuable horse has been spoiled to save the cost of a new leather collar. The collar that fits a horse fat from grass will become loose and gall him as he fines down into condition. The traces of the harness for private carriages are generally encumbered with a huge buckU for shortening and lengthening them. This buckle, in single harness, is often inconveniently near the shafts, where it can with difficulty be unbuckled in case any alteration is requisite; indeed, in hard-worked establishments it is often not unbuckled from one year's end to another. In single-horse phaeton or gig harness, fashion permits the buckle to be placed within a few inches of the splinter-bar, where it can be more easily got at; but fashion does not permit this sensible arrangement in brougham or double harness. The buckle is of little real use; it is considered an ornament, otherwise it would have been discontinued long since in private carriages, as it has in omnibuses. A substitute, introduced more than twenty years ago, is a peg and slide patented by the late Mr. White, of Tewkesbury, first exhibited at the International Exhibition of 1851. It lies flat, and allows the length of a trace to be easily shifted. It has not made the way that might have been expected, because the cost is somewhat greater than that of the old buckles, and saddlers have no incitement to use or advertise a rival's invention; but of its superiority more

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  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 717g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236562143
  • 9781236562142