The Care of Horses; A Book for All Who Have Practical Charge of Horses

The Care of Horses; A Book for All Who Have Practical Charge of Horses

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...This is a matter of very considerable importance with both_ donkey and pony in a two-wheeled cart. One often sees the load carelessly packed, so that a great part of the weight is in front, especially when a hulking man also sits himself down on the shafts. The mistake of this is that, in addition to pulling the load along the road, the donkey has also quite unnecessarily to support a great part of it on his back, and his work, already quite enough, is unkindly and stupidly much increased in this way. It is also a mistake to pack the load too far back, as one sometimes sees it, as the donkey cannot pull it fairly when it is half lifting him up from the ground. Besides, the upward pressure of the belly-band is very uncomfortable, and it is apt to rub and make sores. Always balance your load well. It is wrong to think that anything and any treatment is good enough for a donkey. It is true that he is hardier than a horse and better able to rough it, but that is a poor reason for ill-treating him. The average coster's donkey is a poor feeble little creature compared with the fine ass of Eastern lands from whom he is descended, and the difference is simply due to neglect and bad treatment. In cases where they have been treated with the same care as horses they have well repaid the trouble; and fine specimens of what the donkey may and should be are to be seen at shows. There is no reason why they should not be as carefully groomed and kept as horses are. It would be a great and invaluable aid to the ' cause of humanity ' to organize in each rural district, and in large towns, too, an annual parade embracing all classes of the working horses, ponies, and donkeys, to be held on one of the Bank Holidays. If the Rector and some...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903846
  • 9781236903846