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Driving Colts In Harness

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Great care sliould bc taken not to drive the colt too much at first, and at no time gufEcient to procuro exliaustion. Neither íhould his strength be taxod loo inuch by driving up or down hill, until he has becoiue accu8tomcd to tlie noiso and reatraint of the wagon and learned to uso his strength as required. Let his drives lie moderato at first, both in gait and distance, abont a inile or two on a walk first, gradually increasing tho distance as he will bcar without fatigue. AfteE he will go niccly on a walk, let him trot a little, gradually letting him out faster and a little further, as nice, smooth picces of road give opportnnity ; but bo vory particular to reetriet these lötle outbuwsts of speed at first to the limita of a few rods, and never allow the colt to beceme exhausted. Let him dash out a short distance, then gradually slacken to a walk. speaking kindly and encouragingly as you would if talking to a boy. After a while, let him out apiin, pushing, perhaps, a little faster and farther, being careful not to crowd him to breaking. It must not bo expected because your colt is perhaps a food mover, that he will be a J'uxt trolter. ut if he is really a good stepper, it is so much the more necessary for you to use iudgmcnt and prudence in training. There is usuully too much anxiety to try a colt's speed and bottom, and he is often Anshed, overdone and spoiled perhaps, before his powers are half doveloped. A colt iuot not be crowded too much in educating to harness. It is evident that he oannot be expoctod to subinit quietly to the initution and excitcment ef the hamess and wagon; or drivo quietly like an old home, without experience. He must grow iuto familiarity with these things f rom usiifí and contact with thero. The trainer must be particularly careful in the outset to overeóme all fear froni things touching tbc hind lcgs anl parts of the body. This losson must be ■aery thorough, and as each progressivo tep in educating the colt is attempted, this point must not bo lost sight of, and if each successive point is clearly and thoroughly accomplished, patiënt, careful labor will be réwardod in the possession of a kind, gentle, trusty and well-behaved auiiiKil, whose services will always afford pleasure to his owncr and driver.


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Michigan Argus