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How To Judge A Horse

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Turf, r leid and Farm says the following simple rules will be fouod uselul to all part ios about to buy a horae : 1. Never take the sellers word ; if dishonest he will be certain to cheat you; if disposed to be fair, he may have been the dupe of' another, and will deceive you through representations which cannot be relied upon. J. Never trust to a horse's mouth as a sure, index to his age. 3. JN'ever buy a norse while in uiotion ; watch him while he stands at rest and you will discover his weak poiots. If sound he will stand lirmly and squarely on his limbs, witliout niovitiK any ot them, the feet plantel flat upon tbeground, withlegs pluinp and naturally poised. Ifonefoot is thrown forward with the toe pointing to the ground and the heel raised, or if the foot is lifled froni the ground and the weight taken froui it, disease of the navicular bono may be suspected, or at least tenderness, which is a preouror of disease. If thc foot is thrown out, the toe raised and the heel brought down the horse has suff'ered f rom lamniitis, founder, or the back siüews have been sprained, and he is of litlle future value. When the feet are drawn togethcr under the horse, if there bas been no iiaOMO there is a misplacement of the limbs at least, and a weak disposition of the muscles. If the horse stands with his reet spread apart orstraddies with the hind legs there is a weakness in the loins and the kidneysare disordered. When the knees are bent and the legs totter and tremble, the breast bas been ruinedby heavy pullingand will never be rigutagain, whatever and treatinent he may have. Uontracted or ill formed hoofs speak for themselves. 4. Never buy a horse with a bluish or milky ca,st ia the eyes. They indícate a coustitutional tendency to opthalmia,moon blindness, etc. 5. Never have anything to do with a tiorse who keeps his ears thrown backward. This is an invariable indicalion of bad temper. 6. If the horse's bind legs are scarred, the faet denotes thut he is a kieker. 7. If the knees are blemished,the horse is apt to rtumble. 8. When the skin is rough and harah nnd does not move ea&ily and smoothly to lio touch, the horse is a huavy eater and [lis digestión is bad. 9. Avoid a horse whose respiratory organs are at all impaired. If the ear is placed at the side of the heart, and a wheezing sound is heard, it is an indication of trouble. Juct him go.