mouth whatever. It is much more difficult to bit such an animal so that he will go pleasantly than it is to accomplish the same result with an altogether unbroken one.
Fortunately, the growing demand for the fancy type of carriage horse has led some of the more practical dealers to take manners into consideration, which means that they must keep a horse some few weeks before they attempt to sell him. Such men are a benefit to the driving public ; and the additional increase in their prices over those of the dealer who sells in the rough state is to a great extent warranted. They generally have to carry their horses through the distemper, which attacks almost all unacclimated ones, thereby increasing both their feed bills and their percentage of mortality.
On taking a horse from "Bull's Head," for example, it will be well to do nothing but nurse him, " lounge " him, and bit him for at least the first month. He is generally dosed with arsenic or some artificial fleshproducing food, and if put to work at once will rarely thrive. After he has been rested for a day or two and thoroughly purged, the bitting harness, which is shown in Plate LIX, should be used for a few "days. This is practically what is employed in the first breaking in of a colt. If it is left on the horse for an hour or so daily when in a loose box, it will accustom him