THE intention of this book is to treat more particularly the appointment of our modern vehicles, and to point out the general details which are necessary to a finished equipage ; but a few words on the subject of the horse may not be out of place.
The numerous horse shows which have sprung into existence within the past few years have aroused a general interest in horsey matters. Even the casual observer must have noticed the marked improvement in the harness classes at our recent shows, and to those who are interested the improvement seems little short of marvellous.
When the National Horse Show Association's first show was held, in 1883, many of the exhibitors entered their horses in classes to which they were unsuited. For this reason the judges were often obliged to pass over a good horse, and in consequence were unfairly criticised by the spectators, many of whom could not appreciate the why and