A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on Horses: And on the Moral Duties of Man Towards the Brute Creation. By John Lawrence

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T. N. Longman, 1796
 

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Page 250 - The modern feat on horfe-back, and it feems to have owed its eftablifhmeut to reafon, confirmed by experience, is, to fet naturally and eafily upright upon your faddle, as you would in your chair ; your knees about as much bent, and turned inward, your toes fomewhat out, and upward, your leg falling nearly ftraight, and...
Page 268 - If he has been lately from grafs, or draw-yard, or has been kept within, upon the faving plan of abridging his food in proportion to his work (a favourite meafure with fome people) he will receive damage from a long journey, however good he may be in nature : in fuch cafe, from thirty, to five-and-forty miles, is a fufficient day's work.
Page 259 - The following is an excellent rule: — " If " your horfe grows unruly, take the reins fepa" rately, one in each hand, put your arms for" ward, and hold him fhort ; but pull him not
Page 261 - ... next ftage, fall into a flow trot, bend their necks, foam at the mouth, refufe to bear an ounce upon the bit, and keep perpetually upon the curvet, as if they longed to be upon the parade. Whenever this happens, the beft way of concluding...
Page 260 - There is a circumfpection to be adopted advantageoufly by the tinfkilful, which will, at firft, give them the femblance, afterwards the reality, of good riding. The method of taking a rein in each hand, occafionally (much in ufe of late years) gives the rider great command over the mouth, neck, and fore-quarters of a horfe.
Page 294 - ... of cart-horfe. A very erroneous idea has prevailed, concerning cart-horfes, that provided they are big, heavy, and clumfy enough, all farther confiderations are needlefs ; on the contrary, it is both theoretically and practically true, that great abilities for draft muft depend materially upon juft proportion ; and that four thorough-fhaped horfes, will draw with facility, a...
Page 243 - I have already given divers hints on this part of the fubject, and once more repeat my advice of teaching the colt a good canter. If it fhould be held proper to learn him to leap the bar...
Page 111 - ... capacious ; lips thin ; mouth of fufficient depth, and the tongue not too large ; the jaw-bones wide at top, where they join the neck ; the head not abruptly affixed to the extremity of the neck, but with a moderate curve and tapering of the latter. The NECK muft be of moderate, not too great length, nor too thick and grofs on the upper part, nor too large and deep, but...
Page 275 - ... gentleman (or a fervant) who will place both " his hands together, the fingers and thumbs " being interwoven with each other. This being " done, let the lady put her left foot firm in the " gentleman's hands; and giving a little fpring, " me will be vaulted into the faddle in a mo
Page 122 - By the fcheme of univerfal providence, the ferviees between man and beafl are intended to be reciprocal ; and the greater part of the latter can .by no other means requite human labour and care, than by the forfeiture of life. Were it not permitted to man to deftroy animals, it is evident they would overftock the earth ; and in numberlefs cafes, it is an act of mercy to take their lives.

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