We must have the fulfilment of the first two before we can expect the latter. And, it is by our philosophy of creating fear, love and confidence, that we govern to our will every kind of a horse whatever.
Then, in order to take horses as we find them, or all kinds, and to train them to our likings, we will always take with us, when we go into a stable to train a colt, a long switch whip, (whale-bone buggy whips is the best). The ones with a good silk cracker, so as to cut keen and make a sharp report, which, if handled with dexterity, and rightly applied, accompanied with a sharp, fierce word, will be sufficient to enliven the spirits of any horse.
With this whip in your right hand, with the lash pointing backward, enter the stable alone. It is a great disadvantage in training a horse, to have any one in the stable with you. You should be entirely alone, so as not to have nothing but yourself to attract his attention.
If the horse is wild you will soon see him in the opposite side of the stable from you; and now
is the time to use a little judgement. I would not want for myself, more than half or three-quarters of an hour to handle any kind of a colt, and have him running about in the stable after me. Though I would advise any beginner to take more time, and not to be in too much of a hurry.
If you have but one colt to gentle, and are not particular about the length of time you spend, and have not had any experience in handling colts, I would advise you to take Mr. Powel's method at first. Keep on till you gentle him, which he says takes from two to six hours.
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