Driving for pleasure; or, The harness stable and its akppointments

 
9781236595539: Driving for pleasure; or, The harness stable and its akppointments

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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...to which a certain amount of pressure is to be constantly applied in order to bring forth the necessary response. The instructor will teach him to hold the hand quite close to the centre of the body, with the wrist slightly bent inward, the elbow nearly touching the side. In this position he will find it difficult, unless he is a powerful man, to apply a great amount of brute force to the reins. The hand and arm so placed form, as it were, a spring between the horse's mouth and the driver, thus precluding, to a great extent, the possibility of making a puller (either man or horse). It is for this very reason that the American system of driving with a rein in each hand (except possibly in the case of trotting horses) is to be deprecated, because it inclines one to pull steadily against the bit, which sooner or later is sure to make the horse a puller. As the pupil advances from single and pair horse work to the four-in-hand school, it may be well to call his attention to the fact that the mere "herding " of four horses over a road, even with a fair amount of form, is not driving, although it constantly passes for such. The true coachman must study the individual characteristics of his horses, in order to bit and couple them to the best advantage. He must know how they are feeding, for in a team (of four horses) it is nothing unusual to have one horse which is slightly off, and therefore requires a certain amount of what a coachman calls "babying." Nothing will give one more practice in work of this sort than the driving of a loaded coach thirty or forty miles a day, for several consecutive days, over our indifferent roads with the same team. Driving, by the Duke of Beaufort, covers the subject quite fully, and Howlett, in his...

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