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4 yi's old, 7st. 21h. The first was maintain, additional to the abso: a dead heat between Pericles and Inte necessity of providing bub amat Don Cossack, but being run over grub for Self and Co.; and even again, was won by Don Cossack when he had not, he was never with difficulty --Seven to 4 on Pex disposed to expend his money in ricles, and 5 to 2 agst Don Cost high-priced books about horses. sack; after the dead heat; 5 to 4 The buyers of veterinary books on Pericles. The above were the have ever been a certain limited whole of Pericles' performances, number in this country; although May 11.
the justly celebrated' and esteemed Bracken's work has passed through
upwards of twenty luige editions, A Treatise on the Breeding The number of Mr. Flint's compe
Training, and Management of titors, in the small way, that is, the Horses, with Practical Remarks manual form, is great indeed, aud. and Observations on Farriery, many of them, we fear, are masa &c. To which is prefixed, the ters of too much weiglit for bim, in Natural History of Horses in most respects.
* A collation will general, and the Antiquity of prove to every discerving reader, Horse Racing in England; to- that he is sufficiently beholding to gether with an Appendix, con- previous writers, and that his own taining the whole Luw relating proper practical knowledge might to Horses. By W. Flint, an easily bave been contained in a few old Sportsman, well known on pages.
The make-weigbts, tben, the Turf und in the Chase. in tliis little book, are the natural
bistory of the horse, with other WE are informed by report, that common places on the subject; on
the old Sportsman, author of which little or no view lig lit is the present small publication, is thrown; a most eloquent morceau the same gentleman formerly the on mad dogs, garnished with the competitor in a double sense, with reign of one Sirius, a baker--doors the celebrated Colonel Thornton. barred, and the tender motfrer hugo This is a new, and honourable en- ging close ber darling babe !-a deavour in Mr. Flint, 'to signalise quotation from 'Mister Somei'villes himself, in which, bowever, we and an appendix on horse law, much apprehend he will not en wbich teachës ans, Chapter Ill P joy all the success we would wish 137, ibau "stealing is the felobim; partly from the nature of the nious taking and carrying away the case, and partly from the defect of personal goods of another.”:, his not being altogether well After all, we have but one' sea trained and disciplined for such an rious objection to make to this attempt.
gentleman's book, but it is a seIn the first place, tbis boarded rious one indeed; and the subject pampblet, with its this pages, thick of it deserves nost truly to be paper, and comely, legible type, made a matter of conscience hg good qualifications no doubt con
We allude to his prosidered by tliemselves, is rated too fession of medicine, and attempt High in shillings and pence for to prescribe upon his own author extensive circulation. Jolin Bull rily, which, trom internal evidence, has a new and expensive war to we take mpon us to decide Mr. VOL. XLVI.No. 272,
Flint has no right to do, being sea which surely may as well befit a siously inclined to think that, in a Yorkshireman, as an Irishman. matter of such kinci, the opinion Page 21 contains an observation of the doctor and bis patient might far beyond our poor praise ; wore be nearly upon a level ; in many thy indeed of the Gibsons and the cases, tie balance would strongly Brackens, or of Esculapius himincline to the juilgnent of the self; and serving to confirm a senhorse, were it consulted. There is timeut we just now ventured of nut a more daogerous or more cruel this author, namely, that his genefoolery, in all that is going, than ral ideas are correct. " The most that of quackery by gentlemen, certain method towards the remogentlewomen, farriers, and cow val of a disease, is to find its orileaches. Mr. Flint, it is true, se gin." It is curious that the sensilects and borrows with some little ble and generally well-informed skill, but we tancy we perceive ori- Bartlet should controvert a position ginal improvements of his, which grounded like that, are truly langhable, and evince his P. 24, Mr. F.'s adoption of the equal skill in medicine, chiromancy, ancient notion of old horses and aud alchymy, to be admirable. - mares producing old colts, is not There is, however, one peculiarly quite in so good a veio. We could pleasing and important feature in vever observe any of tbose marks of the book. He seems to have adopt- age, which Mr. F. notes, in the ed almost all the enlightened and stock of Match'em, begotten after he humane opinions and practices on had become so aged and feeble as þis subject; a most meritorious to require men's assistance to mount quality in himself, and a reflection the mare, and when he stood in highly consolatory to those, who daily need of cow's milk for his have dedicated their lives and la- support. Nor in the latter probours to such improvement in the duce of Marsk, which always appublic mind.
peared to us equally young of their After this general view, our re age, with his earliest progeny.. maining duty is to remark on such But authority and imagination may particular passages as may demand do mucb; and we really once attention, and to submit specimens knew a pivus sportsman, who inof the work, by quotation, to the sisted upon it that the white horse judgment of the reader.
in the Revelations, was an iron Mr. Flint starts with a crack or grey, the word being mis-translatcourtly inscription to the Prince ed from the original Hebrew. We Regent and the nobles of the do not quite agree with this sportsland, and it certainly contains man (p. 25), as to the preference that, wbieb every flattering inscripc due to the bome-ribbed racer.tjun to greatness does not--namely, Never mind, or rather prefer room this indubitable truth, the breeding in that part, provided there be and improvement of horses for the width and substance above. So derf, chace, &c. have been exclu: şaid Bracken, and John Lawrence sively the meritorious and honour, after hini. Nor do small, pricked able work of our higla aristocracy ears so mueb denote the racer, as and sportsmen. The advertisement the cart horse. Such is the BelHems with a becoming confidence, gian, rather than Arabian mark.
Mr. Flint says,
7.6 Crossing the blood horse with cropping and nicking; the ear is the cart ware" (l. 27), is awk- shaped to gather sounds, and con: wardly expressed. There may be vey them to the internal organs. some reason in the author's cau Even clipping the hair from tbe tion here, and be follows sound alle inside is wrong, and frequently vice as to keeping distinct and ap- proves injurious, by exposing the propriate stock. His condemna- internal parts to dust, hail, rain, tion of cropping and picking, more and cold, which frequently affects especially the latter odious and the hearing, flies torment the more, danmable practice, evinces bis hu- and makes them sly or fearful manity and common sense. Every even of allowing you to put on the man who nicks his borse, ought bridle : the ear should he small himself to be nicked elsewhere, did and straight, and when a liorse not his innocent wife's interest erects them and points them for. stand in the way of so just and ap- ward, it gives him a bold and anipropriate a punishment. We bave mated appearance ; you may see if lived long enough to know of three he is angry or going to start, and or four accidents, in performing judge if he has a fever or not. A this barbarous and really torturing cold ear is a certain sign of oboperation, in which the perpetra- straction, that the blood does not tors' puddings have been kicked flow to the extremities. You lear out, our commiseration on the ac many horses called delt beavy cidents being entirely confined to brutes; in my opinion it is greatly the delinquents' surviving families. owing to their bearing being af
“ dock the horse fected, and causes them undeservwhen young ;" but why did he not edly many a merciless lash. quote that author, who is original Nicking is a dreadful operain the practice of docking the suck- tion, attended with danger, and is ing foal, and with whose works he merely to gratify the eye of vanity. is doubtless familiar : It appears to Dock the horse when young, be is nis an important improvement, in more likely to carry a good tail. the way both of safety and huma “ A hunter, in every l'espect nity. In former times, docking ought to be well put together, well was really a dangerous practice, bred, and strong in every point; and many horses were annually lost the hardships he undergoes, being by it; and it remains the same, pressed through beavy grounds, up in degree, the public papers of and down hills, stretching leaps, the last year giving an account of and too often over weighted. The several cart horses so lost. From management of this class of horses the author alluded to also, this gen. requires the greatest care and attleman seems to have derived the tention, not only iv the stable, but sign of shoulder lameness, when the in riding the chase. Not any horse horse feels an impediment to the ought to be bunted till five years motion of the fore arm, a symptom, old; as he is not to his we believe, never hefore noticed by strength and courage, he will fail any veterinary writer, Continental in hard trials, is more liable to or British. Now proceed we to strains in the back, sinews, curbs, some quotation :
spavins, splints, ring boves, &c. To "Let us, as much as possible, do prepare a horse, fake hiin from away with the cruel custom of grass not later than the 1st of Alle
gust, but sooner the better. If you is a good plan to shake up some įutend to physic bim in the stable, fresh oat or wheat straw with it, give the purgatives hereafter men; they must masticate njore thotioned: but if you prepare him at rouybly. Giving large quantities grass, give mild doses of not more of corn at one time is improper, iban four or five drachms of aloes,
many eager horses will grasp such and two and a half drachms of gin- mouthfuls, that it is impossible for ger, on the 24th of July, and re them to grind it, they swallow it peat it on the 1st day of August, whole and dry, which swells in the and again on the 8th day of Au- stomach, causes obstructions, and gust; take him into the stable on the confined air originating from the job or 11th of August, but indigested food, produces acute do not bleed; give a'mash once or pain, convulsions, and frequently twice a day, as it is not right to pat sudden death. It is certainly an him on dry food too suddenly, at excellent plan to give chopped cloleast for a week; let him have ver, saint-foin, and any seed hay three or four hours walking exer with corn.
When you go out cise every day for the first fort, the morning, leaye orders for balf night, then bring bim hy degrees a gallon of barley, well sifted clear to take regular stretching gallops, of dust, to he put into a clean pail, let old oats and meadow bay be his to it pour two gallons of boiling food till he comes to severe work, water, let it be covered close over, then add a few old split beans, and it will be cool enough in six or eight give about a quart of sliced carrots bours, and give it altogetber when or Swedish turnips clean washed, your horse bas been thoroughly once or twice in twenty-four bours. dresseal, he will eagerly take it. The beet root is excellent in cgleis " When at liberty the borse or conghs. Do not clothe him too shewys not any inclination to assoheavy, pos keep the temperature of ciate with man, therefore to doyour stable too warm. In case of mesticate and gain bis confidence, illness or accidents, I refer you to it is necessary to treat bim with the remedies herein mentiones.- kindness from the first. A cruel Let all corn he bruised ; give a ill tempere:l fellow, will ruin a colt's small feed every morning before temper in breaking; it will be a watering, and not follow the plan long time if ever he forgets the ill of galloping afterwards ; four times usage he has been subject to. in twenty-four hours is often “ A colt ought to be taken up enough to fees, and do what is re
for a month, viz. when quisite in the stabile; do not disturb
one year old, and halter bim, lead him oftener, A change of vliet is bim about, give him green food, good for all horses, particularly bran and oats mixed; and likewise bad feeders. A small quantity of at two years old. At three, put on bruised wheat and malt with chop the bits and longe him to bring ped clover, is nourishing food, and him to his paces. At four, back boiled beans and some dry bran him and use bin to gentle work, mixed with them and the water learn bim bis different paces, and they are hoiled in, is an excellent likewise to leap the bar. Be caremash. I have frequently given it ful during this tuition he is not ill after a bard day's work. Be care used. At five years old he is fit for ful not to give too much bayi it constant regular work.. Never
twice a year
bleed or physic bin unless he is se Speaking of the foot as a callous riously unwell or meets with acci- (hard and callous, form a tautodeuts. By this early attention, logisn) substance, the inner part of your horse will be hetter tempered wbich is full of nerves and blood and take to work more freely. vessels, the author says,
“ These " As we know the effects of un
parts united, are called ihe boof, or wholesome water on the human coffin joint." The truth is, Mr. F. species, it is equally likely to affect should bave left untoucher, the the animal.”
united professions of veterinary “It is as necessary to attend to a medicine and anatomy. horse's drink as his food, as they The author las acknowledged are very suhject to diseases of the but one godfather thronghout his bladder, which are frequently work, and in that has been unfor. bronght on by change of water. tunate. Professor Coleman has no
Spring water is liable to par. more right to the honour bestowed take of the metalline or mineral on him (pa. 38), than bis Highstrata throngh which it flows. ness the Prince's shoemaker. St.
“ River water bas different qua. Bel, tbe predecessor of Coleman, lifications, arising from the various first introduced into this country soils through which it passes; but the useful rule of weighing the is softer than spring water, and horse's shoe, for various denomimuch fitter for use.
mations. “ Pond water on clean clay or P. 39. With respect to sbor. chalk bottonis is good, but apt to ing, we bare seen driving the nails ferment in hot weather, then it lie- to the toe only, carried on to an comes unwholesome: but to soften extreme, wbich risked tbe nails the first, and purify the last, it is drawing, and the loss of sboes over a good plan to fill a large tub (keep a heavy and poachy soil, est modus it filled), into which throw a small in rebus : and as to the old remedy quantity of unslacked lime, which for a horse's cutting or knocking, will keep it fit for use, and prevent we could never perceive its use, ina deal of trouble; but the tub ought terfering being a natural and in: to be cleaned often.
curable defect; nor do we like the “ Horses should never be allow. idea of placing a horse upon a shoe ed to drink much cold water at one wbich is not level, and upon which time; it is better to give small he is thence not secure. We have quantities four times a day, but do fornverly noted Moorcroft's error iu pot prevent bis baying a suffi- this vain pursuit. ciency. A small quantity before
[To be concluded in our next.] be performs any strong exercise is necessary. Avoid giving water that has stood any time in a learlen ON OLD STALLIONS, IN REPLY cistern, it is subject to give the
TO BEN BEACON. cholic, being liable to be imprego nated by the lead, and no doubt is To the Editor of the Sporting Ma too frequently the cause of this un
guzine. suspected attack, whieh is very SIR, dangerous,"
YOUR correspondent, Ben BenAt page 37, there appears a con, a breerler, seems to have strange inaccuracy of expression : misunderstood Mr. Lawrence, on