Gleason Horse Training Made Easy

Gleason Horse Training Made Easy


Gleason Horse Training Made Easy – Perhaps the most difficult thing to buy in the world is a horse. Nothing lends itself, however unwillingly, to fraud and chicanery so readily.

A great writer once observed, ‘‘There’s something about horse dealing that makes a man a blackguard, in spite of himself.”’  Without entirely subscribing to this theory, the fact remains, that men, otherwise “straight” in their business and social transactions, will occasion- ~ally be found straining a point in  order to sell some worthless animal as a good horse.

The _temptation to ‘‘get out” of a bad trade is great. What can be more distressing than to find oneself with a horse that is  never well two days running, a confirmed jibber.

To avoid the temptation of ‘‘letting in” some hapless fellow-creature for such a beast, let us, then, exercise all – our powers of discretion in the original selection and purchase, and, above all, let us take our time and wait our opportunities. No one can recommend you where to go; there is no _ growing ground for horses; neither can we get them made for us, even at St. Louis.

I have picked up home in the most unlikely places, sack are all sorts of prices. Having found something of -the stamp you want, do not be too particular — about his color, or the length of his tail— “a good horse is never a bad color,’* remember, and — it is as impossible to get one that exactly suits _ you in all respects, as it is for mortal man ‘to; attain complete happiness on earth.

Again, do not be too exacting about the conditions of a Be trial, such as the owner’s natural desire to be present at it etc.  If the animal is a hunter, you must see him over fences; if a hack, trot and canter him along the hardest road you can find; then, if you can get any soft going, gallop him gallop him steadily.

In this way you can find out whether — his paces are easy, and suitable to the work you Shes have in contemplation for him, and you will also ”ascertain whether his wind is clear. Shes have in contemplation for him, and you will also” as certain whether his wind is clear.

Pay special — attention to the feel of his mouth; and then, having satisfied yourself that he is about the > on the style of horse you want, your functions as rider, and those of the veterinary, surgeon begin.

Now comes the question as to whether you will employ one of these professional ‘‘aids to buy-_Seers,’ or whether you will undertake the duties —. yourself.

It is difficult to lay down any rule ~ upon this point, but I may say that I have, from _ beginning to end, purchased a very large number of horses, and never in one single instance had recourse to professional assistance.

This by — no means, however, proves that it is a safe plan to dispense with a veterinary examination, nor — is it any guarantee that I, personally, may not — be fairly caught at the very next venture.

Assuming that you have determined to examine for yourself, as far as your abilities allow, into the soundness of the proffered animal, you. will find that your eye will naturally fall, in the first
place, upon the fore legs.

Any child can, of course, tell whether these are straight or worn; but it takes a clever man to judge how long they are likely to remain straight, and without showing signs of wear.

Pick up each leg in turn and look at the foot; is the frog sound and clean, or does it carry an odor? If so, look more closely – to it; ascertain whether thrush, etc., exists; then satisfy yourself as to the heels, which should be open, and not contracted, that is, when the foot narrows in the quarters, and the sole gets more concave than it should be; and bear in mind that “One pair of good feet is worth two good pairs of legs.”

Now as to the latter: Run your hand carefully down, from immediately below the knee to the feet lock joint. Is the leg cool, flat and clean?

Let your digits make search for any bony enlargements, splints, etc., and “When found, make a note of!” The particular note you have to make is this: Where is the splint? If situated on the bone, and not very close to the – knee, it will probably never interfere with either his action, or his usefulness; but on the other hand, if on or near the ligaments or tendons of the leg, be shy in the extreme of him, for a day’s work may leave you with a cripple on your hands.

If the leg, instead of being flat, is rounded, and apparently fleshy, it will probably be found that the back sinews are strained, and, as an intending purchaser, you had better have nothing to do with him.

In this state, a good gallop will be as likely as not to produce what is known as breakdown—i. e., the extreme case of strain of the sinews, for, as a matter 0f fact, the “tendons themselves are very rarely strained.

Generally speaking, the injury is one to the sheath, or else some of the fibers attaching to it are broken.

One word as to windgall’s. These puffy enlargements, which are more often found on the hind than the fore legs, are not of serious import unless they become of great size, which is extremely rare; and a horse should not be rejected on this ground alone. They usually arise from the horse being rattled about, and gradually disappear with steady work.

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