Finely bred, intelligent horses are often very nervous, says the " Horseman." They are quick to notice, quick '■ to take alarm, quick to do what seems to them m moments of sudden terror necessary to escape from possible harm, from something they do not understand. That is what makes them shy, bolt and run away. We cannot tell what awful suggestions strange things offer to their minds. For ijiught we can tell, a sheet of white paper m tlie road may seem to the nervous ,: horse a I yawning chasm ; the open front pf a baby carriage, the jaws of a dragon feady to devour him, and a man on a bicycle some terrifying sort of flying devils without wings. But we find that the moment he becomes familiar with those things or any other that, s affright him, and
kno-.-.s v.-]>.at they are, ho grows i-'iuiiibient to them. Therefore when your hovse shies at anything, make him acquainted with it, let him smell it, touch it with Ins sensitive upper lip, sv.nl look closely at it. Remember too, that you must familiarise botli sides of him with the dreaded object. If he only examines it- with the near nostril and eye he will be very likely to scare at it when it appears on the offside. So then i-atfcle your paper, beat your brass drum, butter your utnbrella, run your baby carriage and your. bicycle, fire your pistol and clatter your tinware on both sides of him and all around him,until he comes to regard the noise simply as a nuisance, arid the material objctis as only trivial things liable to get hurt if they are m his way. He may,not.learn all.-thafci» jane, lesson, but continue the lesson and you will cure all his nervousness.
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Nervous Horses., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
Nervous Horses. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
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