This only goes to show what is possible in the breeding of horses, though the process of evolution is necessarily slower.
The standards of type should be- made, to some extent, for the breeder to " grow to." In other words, we must not be satisfied with existing specimens, but from them portray even more perfect ideals without attempting impossibilities.
The breeding of trotters for speed alone has been an injury to the horses of this country. The men who do this generally throw from twenty to thirty useless runts on the market to each fast horse they produce. While we are undoubtedly patriotic enough to appreciate the surprising results which have been effected, we doubt whether they are beneficial to the horse world at large.
Fortunately, many trotting-horse breeders are beginning to realize that it pays better to add size, conformation, and uniformity to their requirements, for they are thus enabled to get good prices for their culls as roadsters, etc.
Certain lines of trotting blood are producing individuals peculiarly adapted to the spider phaeton, light gig, etc. When the breeders fully appreciate the value of such horses they will breed with a view to reproducing and improving the good types.
The old Morgan trotter is probably the nearest