The outside of all the boxes and bottles used in cleaning, etc., should be kept tidy, being wiped off and covered directly after using. The piece of cloth, sponge, or brush belonging to each should be neatly placed by its side. A servant who has not been properly trained to this sort of thing will often say that he " hasn't time for such nonsense." If after he has tried it he is still dissatisfied, get another. Of course there is a limit to the powers of each of us poor human beings," and the foregoing advice might in some cases be an injustice to a really hard-working man, but on t'de average it will be found to be sound.
The necessity for every horse owner to inform himself as to the time the various branches of stable work should consume can not be sufficiently emphasized ; such knowledge will enable him to criticise his servants justly, thereby avoiding much of the friction which is engendered either through thoughtlessness or lack of knowledge on the part of the employer who administers an undeserved reproof.
The question often arises as to the number of men stables of various sizes should employ. Such a question is not easily answered, for the conditions differ widely. As a general rule, one man besides the coachman to every four horses is a good proportion, and with proper management should suffice in the average establishment.