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7 > Page 7 of Arabian art of taming and training wild & vicious horses / by P.R. Kincaid.

7 removed by complying with those laws of nature by which the horse examines an object, and determines upon its innocence or harm. 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.