It is very important to have your horse go gently, when you first hitch him. After you have walked him awhile, there is not half so much danger of his scaring. To many people do very harm and wrong to jump up behind a horse to drive him as soon as they have him hitched.
There are too many things for him to comprehend all at once.
The shafts. The lines... The harness. Not least the rattling of the sulky. All these things and more, all tend to scare him, and he must be made familiar with them by degrees.
If your horse is very wild, I would advise you to put up one foot the first time you drive him.
HOW TO MAKE A HORSE LIE DOWN.
Every thing that we want to learn the horse must be commenced in some way to give him an idea of what you want him to do. Then this must be repeated till the horse learns it perfectly.
To make a horse lie down, bend his left fore leg. Then slip a loop over it, so that he cannot get it down. Now you put a circingle around his body. Fasten one end of a long strap around the other fore leg, just above the hoof. Place the other end under the circingle, so as to keep the strap in the right hand.
Stand on the left side of the horse. Grasp the bit in your left hand, pull steadily on the
strap with your right. Bear against his shoulder till you cause him to move.
As soon as he lifts his weight, your pulling will raise the other foot, and he will have to come on his knees. Keep the strap tight in your hand, so that he cannot straighten his leg if he raises up. Hold the horse in this position, and turn his head toward you.
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