NEW ZEALAND'S HEAVY HORSES.
serious thing for New Zealand ftmaib there is deterioration in the draught ioTSes in some of the important horsefaeeding districts of the Dominion. The deterioration is not really in the horses themselves through any constitutional defects. The cause is injudicious mating vn t£e pa-rrt of the breeders. In the South Island breeding has been carried on on - *wvong lines for some time, and the result is now evident in the stock. Instead o* "keeping to €he SbJbe horses for breed-ings-South Island and other breeders have been introducing the Clydesdales, which &re?<c-f a lighter type, and the effect has "been ifchat the farm horses of to-day in tSese districts are on the Tight side, and •the" Shire type are far scarcer i*ian is. desirable. Pot heavy -farm work the" heavier (breed is the better, and breeders .Tvhp" have realised, their error will pro'haßly commence breeding back to the Shares again. To such an extent has the lighter element been introduced tho.9 come of the animals now rea'rrff are not draughts at all. ■ One of the districts in which this ■error of judgment has not been made is tie TVaikato. The Waikato farmers have Joy some means maintained an excellent standard of heavy horses, and, unlike th*» districts Teferred* to *bove, the big*horses £S a class have been improving there. ■JTestrly the animals sent to other parts 'p3% ibeftter than the horses sent away ,ltte year before; and at the shows, toe, -Improvement is evident. As the youngsters now to be seen in the Waikato are .setter than the older animals, further -Jsn-H-avement is assured. :*'.-
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