Training The Trotting Horse

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Marvin Publishing Company, 1893 - 352 pages
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Page 335 - ... trotting speed first began to be considered a mark of merit in the American horse, ever since trotting blood was talked of, the blood of this horse, Messenger, has been unanimously considered the chief foundation stone on which the greatest trotting families have been built. Just as the English race-horse was founded on oriental blood, and in years of selection and development for a special purpose was bred to a point of excellence unknown to the oriental, so the most unpretentious trotting blood...
Page 57 - ... had rounded into the home-stretch. Green would not give way with Lucille, and Doble pulled the Maid back just far enough to keep Marvin from slipping through with the stallion. The pocket was complete, and thought to be secure. A smile of triumph lighted Doble's face, and the crowd settled sullenly down to the belief that the race was over. Marvin was denounced as a fool for placing himself at a disadvantage, and imagination pictured just beyond the wire the crown of Goldsmith Maid with new laurel...
Page 94 - In the preface to his book, over his own signature, he stated : 1 have for a long time entertained the opinion that the accepted theory of the relative positions of the feet of horses in rapid motion was erroneous. I also believed that the camera could be utilized to demonstrate that fact, and by instantaneous pictures show the actual position of the limbs at each instant of the stride.
Page 334 - ... mile in about 2:31^. Though some specimens of the Orloff trotter were brought to the United States, meeting trotting; blood superior to their own, they naturally failed to leave their mark on our breed. The only reputed trotters mentioned by English writers were certain horses located chiefly in the county of Norfolk. John Lawrence, the earliest writer who mentions them, and a most entertaining one, declares that " the renowned Blank may be looked upon as the father of trotters, since from his...
Page 341 - Indeed, it is the popular belief, wholly untenable, however, that the pacer never was known to exist in England. At the time of the founding of the American colonies the pacer was at least popular, if not esteemed patrician as in the early days; and as the...
Page 341 - ... whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. On the frieze of the Parthenon at Athens the hand of the sculptor left time-defying evidence that the pacer was known in Greece when she was at the zenith of her glory, four hundred years before the Christian era. The bronze horses of St. Marks in Venice were cast (probably about the beginning of the Christian era) in the pacing attitude. During the Roman rdgime in Britain we are told the ambulatara was "perhaps the universal and traveling...
Page 335 - Mambrino was likewise sire of a great many excellent hunters and strong, useful road horses. And it has been said that from his blood the breed of horses for the coach was brought nearly to perfection.
Page 219 - ... two-year-old trotter, then, the utmost care, as well as gentleness and firmness, should be exercised. In former times, it was not customary to handle colts until they were five years old ; but experience has since shown that they can very well be broken at two years old, and can be got to trot at three. The matter depends not upon the doing, but upon the manner of its doing. If the breaker or owner finds that the young thing can trot a little, and is always hankering to see him
Page 282 - I was a boy almost every trotter I saw would pull in a disagreeable manner when being driven at top speed. At the present time I cannot think of one horse that is anything like first-class, that pulls enough to make it disagreeable for a man at any time.
Page 333 - ... gait." The difference of the gaits is not great; the mechanism is practically the same. The fact that the same animals pace and trot fast, that pacing parents beget trotting progeny, and vice versa; and that both gaits seem natural to the same animal demonstrates that they are but variations of one gait, occupying in the economy of action a place between the walk and the gallop. The more closely one studies the relation of these variations of gait the less surprising to him will appear the part...

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