removed by complying with those laws of nature by which the
horse examines an object, and determines upon its innocence
A log or stump by the road-side may be, in the imagination
of the horse, some great beast about to pounce upon him; but
after you taint him up to it and let him stand by it a little
while, and touch it with his nose, and go through his process of
examination, he will not care any thirtg more about it. And
the same principle and process will have the same effect with
any other object, however frightful in appearance, in which
there is no harm. Take a boy that has been frightened by a
false-face or any other object that he could not comprehend at
once; but let him take that face or object in his hands and ex-
amine it, and he will not care anything more about it. This is
a demonstration qf th4 same principle.
With this introluction to the principles of my theory, I shall
next attempt to teach you how to put it into practice, and
whatever instructions may follow, you can rely on as having
been proven practical by my own experiments. And knowing
fromn experience just what obstacles I have met with in hand-
ling bat] horses, I shall try to anticipate them for you, and
assist you in surmounting them, by commencing with the first
steps taken with the colt, and acconrpanying you through the
whole task of breaking.
How to Suacced in Getting the Colt from Pasture.
Go to the pasture and walk around the whole herd quietly,
and at such a distance as not to cause them to scare and run.
Then approach them very slowly, and if they stick up their
heads an'd seem to be frightened, hold on until they become
quiet, so, as not to make them run before you are . lose enough
to drive themn iti the directioli you want to go. And when you
begin to drive, (to not flourish your arms or hollow, but gently
follow them off leaving the direction free for them that you
wish them to take. Thus taking advantage of their iMnorance.
you will be alble to get them in the pound as easily as the hun-
ter drives the quails into his net. For, if they have always
run into the pasture uncared for, (as many horses do in prairie
countries and on large )lantatioris,) there is no reason why
they should not be as wild as the sportsman's birds and re-
quire the satne gentle treatment, if you want to get them with-
out trouble ; for the horse in his natural state is as xvild as any
of the undomnesticated animals, though more easily tamed than
most of thein.