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As soon as he touches his nose to your hand, caress him as before directed, always using a very light, soft hand, merely touching the horse, always rubbing the way the hair lays, so that your hand will pass along as smoothly as possible.

As you stand by his side you may find it more convenient to rub his neck or the side of his head, which will answer the same purpose as rubbing his forehead. Favor every inclination of the horse to smell or touch you with his nose. Always follow each touch or communication of this kind with the most tender and affectionate caresses. Accompany it with a kind look, a pleasant word of some sort:

Such as: Ho! my little boy, ho! My little boy, pretty boy, nice lady! or something of that kind. Constantly keep repeating the same words, with the same kind, steady tone of voice. Now, the horse soon learns to read the expression of your face and voice.

Thus, the horse will know as well when fear, love or anger prevails, just as you know your own feelings... Two of which, fear and anger, a good horseman should never feel.


If your horse, instead of being wild, seems to be of a stubborn or mulish disposition: If your horse lays back his ears as you approach him, or turns his heels to kick you, he has not that regard or fear (or respect) of man that he should have.

In order to enable you to handle him quickly and easily; it might be well to give him a few sharp cuts with the whip, about the legs, pretty close to the body. It will crack keen as it plies around his legs, and the crack of the whip will affect him as much as the stroke. Besides one sharp cut about his legs will affect him more than two or three over his back.

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