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5 > Page 5 of American roadsters and trotting horses : being a sketch of the trotting stallions of the United States, and a treatise on the breeding of the same-- / by H.T. Helm.

INTRODUCT ION. IN- the spring of 18X7, I began the preparation of a series of articles on The Trotting Stallions, for publication in the Xetion/ Le-.Stock. urnl,l of Chicago. The scope and design of the sanie, at first limited, was enlargell (luring the progress of the chapters which extended through the year. The consideration which those articles received from the readers of that and other journals which in part copied them, was gratifying to me, atid the numerous letters and words of commendation received from every part of this country and beyond the Atlantic, have gone far toward inducing me to put the treatise thus imperfectly outlined into more complete and permanent fornu. My stuidy of the Trotting Horse has extended through a period of several years, and I have not studied the subject as most editors of journals devoted to kindred subjects have usually done, with no actual contact with the aninials-being maimly a matter of theory on paper. On the contrary, while I have also been closely engaged in profes- sional jiursuits. I have been more or less concerned with agricultural enterprises and affairs alnmost continuously for the past twenty years, and for the past tell years have been a horse breeder, having bred in the States of Connecticut. New York, Ohio. Kentiieky and Wisconsin, in addition to the ket-pinig of a large list at honme most of the time. I speak not of myi suevesses--thmev have been maiiilv for the benefit of others, as I thinik a man who rinis two professions at the same time, as I have done, will not le likely to advance his own interests at either; buit for all this. my opportunities for studying horses have been somethiiig of whioh I may speak. While I have known most of the gentlemen who are breeders of horses iii different parts of the country. and have read the greater part of the current horse literature for the past tell years, I must still be allowed to say that I have learned more from the horses themselves than from all other sources. I have re(ived nIyl best lessotis from themim, and have learmied the imlpnortance and value of studying the animals, and in them learning their comuformatiomis, comlp)sitions and blood traits. Had I never made the animals a study in all their essential parts, [ C)