Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Volume 476-500

Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Volume 476-500

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...and as he is passing by. The action should be even and well balanced and should show spirit. If the feet arc brought down too close together there may be interfering; if they are spread too wide there will be a spraddling gait. When the legs are placed too wide on the body there will be an undesirable rolling gait. The joints should be flexed well, that there may be no danger from stumbling. The stride should be long and even, and the feet brought down so that the heel meets the ground first. This latter action is associated with pasterns of good slope and gives a spring not associated with short, upright pasterns. LIGHT HORSES. Relation of form to function.--The demand made upon the draft horse is to pull a heavy load; this function is associated with weight and great strength. The demand made upon the light-harness horse is to move a relatively light vehicle at a rapid rate; this function is associated with a lighter, more angular form and great endurance. GENERAL APPEARANCE. Height and weight.--The most desirable height for a light-harness horse, or roadster, is from 15 to 15 hands. They may range in Fio. 14.--Judging notion. Horse moving past student at a walk. weight from 900 to 1,150 pounds, the weight most desired being 1.000 to 1,100 pounds. Form.--Angularity with length of body and limbs is an indication of speed. There should also be sufficient depth of chest to indicate capacity of vital organs so closely correlated with stamina. Quality.--In the light-harness horse there should be a complete absence of coarseness. There is a very close correlation between quality and endurance, as well as with style, spirit, and speed. It is especially important that the legs and feet show every indication of quality. Temperament.--The...
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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 576g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689748X
  • 9781236897480