20 DRIVING FOR PLEASURE.
ern horses are mostly underbred brutes which will lie on the coachman's hands directly they are in the least leg weary. The stamp of horse that just misses being good enough for a hunter will generally answer the purpose, and should be bought for a reasonable sum. It is well to purchase horses which are nearly of a size, for in this case it is much easier to mate up the various teams satisfactorily as to temperament, etc. One often sees road teams put together on their appearance alone, regardless of temperament ; this method undoubtedly gives the coachman much more practice, for it takes a good one to keep an uneven team up to its work. If Mr. Goodcoachman had the putting of such teams together, however, it is doubtful whether his lack of judgment in so doing should not outweigh his good driving from a critic's point of view. One of the greatest pleasures in the game of public coaching lies in the buying, making up, and putting together of the necessary horses. Situated as most persons are in this country, their horses must generally be purchased in the city markets, and they are in the main " green " or crudely broken. This makes it an absolute necessity to begin buying the horses not less than two months before it is intended to put the coach on the road. t is a good plan to have all the horses bought at leas a month before the regular work begins, but they must be kept going all the time ; sorted