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Always use a bridle without blinds when you are breaking a horse to harness.


Lead the horse to and around the sulky. Let him look at it, touch it with his nose, and stand by it till he does not care for it. Then pull the shafts a little to the left. Now, stand by your horse in front of the off wheel. Let someone stand on the right side of the horse, and hold him by the bit, while you stand on the left side, facing the sulky. This will keep him straight.

Run your left hand back and let it rest on his hip, and lay hold of the shafts with your right. Bringing them up very gently to the left hand, which still remains stationary. Do not let anything but your arm touch his back. As soon as you have the shafts square over him, let the person on the opposite side take hold of one of them and lower them very gently on the
shaft bearers.

Be very slow and deliberate about hitching. The longer time you take, the better, as a general rule. When you have the shafts placed, shake them slightly, so that he will feel them against each side.

As soon as the horse will bear them without scaring, fasten your braces, etc., and start
him along very slowly. Let one man lead the horse to keep him gentle, while the other gradually works back with the lines till he can get behind and drive him. After you have driven him in this way a short distance, you can get into the sulky, and all will go right.

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