The English Cart-Horse Stud-book, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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This book is a must for any admirer of the Shire Horse. It has a very nice history of the leading foundation horses and a chronological list of horses born 1770-1876.

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Page lxvi - Pitch thy behaviour low, thy projects high ; So shalt thou humble and magnanimous be : Sink not in spirit ; who aimeth at the sky Shoots higher much then he that means a tree.
Page xxix - That this combination, which may be more a mechanical than a chemical union, by no means implies such an equal division of influence as the mingling of two fluids, in which case the offspring would be unlike either parent, but a juste milieu between the two, and there could be no handing down of type from one generation to another. It is rather such a fusion of two bodies into one that both defects and high qualifications are passed on from parent to offspring with a sort of regular irregularity,...
Page xlvi - These animals were miserably poor, though allowed 1681b. of oat* and 1 "i-tlb. of hay each per week. The oats were not crushed and the hay was not chopped. The horses were all large ; none under 16 hands, many 16.2. They worked very long hours and took heavy loads, but I confess I was astonished at their appearance after many months of such apparently liberal feeding. On Sept. 1st their food waa changed to the following : id Crushed Peas, 35 Ibs..
Page lxx - That the transmission of diseases of the vital organs is more certain if on the side of the female : and diseases of the joints if on the side of the male parent.
Page xlv - That system, founded upon the above dat», clearly proves that foods rich in starch, sugar, or fat, will increase the fat of the body, but not add to the muscular strength ; that lean meat does not add to the fat of the body, but does supply the waste of muscle; and we know that lean meat is simply equivalent to the albuminous or nitrogenous principles found in vegetables. We know, too, that the demand for these different constituents of food differs according to the state of the animal. In very...
Page lxx - ... 3. That the purer the race of the parent the more certainty there is of its transmitting its qualities to the offspring. Say two animals are mated ; if one is of purer descent than the other, he or she will exercise the...
Page xlvi - ... scores more per day than when I first saw them. There were 149 horses on the colliery ; so by this change a saving of £3,662 12».
Page xliv - It also tells us that food presents a similar composition, so that if we know the proportion of these constituents in any food we shall have a fair idea of its feeding value. But chemistry alone is not reliable, as these constituents are not always in a form capable of being digested ; and here physiology...
Page xvi - ... from the hind part of the hock, just below its point. Animals of this type are now seldom seen. In my experience they are more frequently met with in Wales than in the English shires, though no reason can be assigned why that is so. It is found that these peculiar hirsute growths invariably...
Page xv - The color of these appendages is always black, white, or a mixture of the two, and invariably corresponds with the hue of the skin from which they spring.

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