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Excerpt from The Family Horse, Its Stabling, Care and Feeding: A Practical Manual for Horse-Keepers
Of the thirteen million horses which are estimated to be owned in the United States, fully two millions are kept in cities and villages. All of these, besides many of those classed as farm horses, are purchased after they have attained full growth, and have been broken to harness or saddle. The owners of such horses have no personal interest in questions relating to breeding or early training; but the subsequent care, feeding and management are matters of daily importance to them. It is to meet the wants of such persons that this work was prepared. Breeding and training are not discussed in its pages, but it treats of the daily care, shelter and management of horses, whether kept for work or pleasure. The subject of feeding is examined at some length, both from a scientific and a practical point of view. The horse well merits the most careful, judicious and humane treatment. It is the willing, affectionate servant of man, bearing his burdens and ministering to his pleasure. Yet no other domestic animal is subject to so great and varied an amount of suffering and disability. Nearly, if not quite all, of these are the result of either well-meant ignorance or willful maltreatment. A vast mass of quackery, empiricism and superstition in regard to horse management has become traditional. Much of this is being dispelled through the efforts of enlightened American veterinary practitioners and horse-keepers. This work is in full sympathy with the ideas and practices of such men.
The last four chapters were originally published in the American Agriculturist. They were awarded the highest prizes in a competition which drew out more than seventy essays, the examining committee being composed of men recognized as leading authorities in horse matters.
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