plaits. When in this condition it will cling to the stick if well thrown, and can therefore be used, as it is intended, for double thonging the wheelers.
It is well to watch the horses put to occasionally, for very few grooms do this properly. In harnessing a pair of horses unaided, a good coachman proceeds about as follows
Leading out his horses alternately, he puts the harness on quietly, backing each horse when harnessed into a standing stall and fastening him by both pillar reins, throwing a rug over his loins if the temperature demands it. Then, after glancing over his carriage to see that all is in readiness, he goes to dress.
Let us glance for a moment at the horses as they stand in their stalls with the harness on. We find the general appearance good. The martingale, which is often slouchily buckled on the outer edge of the kidney link, is in this case either around the collar or between the inner edge of the kidney link and the collar. All the other parts look properly fitted.
The traces are thrown over the horses' backs so that the outside trace on both the near and the off horse come on top. The outside or draught rein is buckled into its bit, and we notice that the bits hang easily and comfortably, the mouthpieces rest-