Country Life Volume 12

Country Life Volume 12

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... stable where four good horses have been kept for years, occasional changes having been made in that time, seems to have been always a stable of stumblers. Why it was so nobody could tell. The stable was a good place to all appearances, a plank floor sloping two inches in six feet, covered with heavy, wood slats to keep the horses dry. The mangers were not too high, nor the stalls too narrow, and what caused the stumbling and how to remedy it looked like a puzzle without an answer. One day I brought my driving horse there to be kept. I had owned him for years. He was nervous, speedy, sure-footed and he had never been known to stumble, being naturally a high actor. After a time, apparently from standing in that barn, he also began to stumble. I refused to believe it at first, but soon was compelled to do so. This must not be permitted to go on. He was a valuable horse and would soon be ruined like his predecessors. Already did the weakness give evidence of having become chronic. As an experiment we tried standing the horse in deep straw, but in the same stall day and night. To my relief he entirely recovered and has not stumbled since, so long as we keep him well littered. There is a hint here for horsemen. If your horses stumble do not let them stand on a hard plank floor. If it is not possible to let them stand on an earth floor, which is the best floor for the horses' hoofs, keep them bedded heavily in clean straw. Do not blame and punish the horse and do not find fault with the sheer, but remember that the animal must be relieved at once, for if he become an habitual stumbler, his value will have departed. HOLLISTER Sacra. BROKEN KNEES HE horse, when falling, naturally throws his knees forward, thus causing them to re ceive all...show more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840526
  • 9781236840523