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INTROD UCTION. mation or opinions on the subject. Horses, in this respect, are no better or more sacred than men; and reputation should be measured by their deeds and character. The reputation (of all animal is largely dependent upon its owner. Many horses of great merit are not so known to the public. because their owners do not employ all the arts and appliances that pertain to the business to bring them famously into notice. When I have found such an animal. I have not hesitated to disclose to my readers some glimmer of his voneealed light. On the other hand, it is equally true that by dint of artful advertising, and the employment of cunning devices-the ways of which are without number, and past finding out to those whose interests lead them to be duped-mnany animals have for a time secured a fame and prominence which gathered money into the lockets of their shrewd and unscrupulous managers, but whose real nierits were so meagre as to give no reward to the enterprise, or return for the mooney of their misled patrons. Where I have encountered any such as these, my pen has not failed to prick the bubble that swelled with their great nothingness. I deal with facts as I obtain them, arid in opinions as I hold them. It is not believed that we have yet bred a stallion so near perfection that we may not discuss his merits, arid refer to his faults if he have them. Some exception can lwrhalp be taken to the best stallion we have seen. Administrator, Cuyler, Florida, Volunteer, Almont, Thorndale, Daniel Lambert, Blackwlied and Governor Sprague, and the many others described herein, are all good horses, and great stal- lions, but to each souse just exception mnray be properly taken, vet their merits are so great, that their respective owners need feel in no way sensitive because they can not be pronounced alnsolutely perfect. It will be seen that while I have found and p1Kinted out defects when they existed, my work has been mainly devoted tm lportraying excel- lences and the better traits. This results fromi the fact that I write of the best and most distinguished horses of our niay, rather than those which only exhibit inlfiruities. Inasmuch as it has been my aini to make each subject as complete in itself as possible without reference to its being a part of an entire treatise, there will be found very frequent repetitions of similar matter both in facts arid in application of principles advanced, and in each of two instances I have repeated a page or more is rnrbis. Such repetitions may occupy much space, but the recurrence to the matter thus brought out in new relations will not be without its value. Some nii