TANDEM driving is a most delightful sport, and productive of a great deal of skill on the part of the man who practices it constantly and with a variety of horses. It seems to be somewhat of a fad with coaching and four-in-hand men generally to affect to despise a tandem as beneath their dignity. Such an affectation is absurd, for tandem driving requires the consideration of many points which do not exist in the driving of four ; and although the latter sport demands more finished horsemanship as a whole, tandem driving furnishes a field for practice, and the use of hands and whip, which are most valuable to a coachman.
When one has, for example, two highly strung horses with sensitive mouths which are new to tandem work, he has really one of the prettiest opportunities for the display of finished horsemanship and hands, if he would bring these horses to their work properly without the constant assistance of his groom.
Probably every tandem driver has seen a leader fall over backward, and realized that the performance was