opinions or give up driving anything but quiet horses. I once had the driving for a season of a gray mare, a determined kicker. She was put into my hands leader in a team without bearing reins ; soon after starting she put her head down and kicked in a very determined manner, and I had a great difficulty in getting her head up. I took her out and went to the stable with a pair, then put a bearing rein on her, and put her in again. I could then manage her, and drove her for three months, and a right good one she was. She kicked occasionally, but I could manage her, which I could not have done without a bearing rein."
Lord Algernon St. Maur, in his chapter on Single Harness, in the Badminton Driving, says : " Even in single harness, in all my long forty-mile drives, I always used a bearing rein, as I found that it steadied a horse ; he looks about him much less, and is not nearly so likely to rub off his bridle. Those who dislike a bearing rein should buckle the throat lash two or three holes tighter than usual. Some horses, the moment that you stop, put down their heads between their fore legs and try to rub off their bridles-a most dangerous proceeding. All horses look better in a bearing rein when standing still, as, the moment you stop, down go their heads, and then a four-hundred-guinea horse looks like a forty-pounder. In old coaching days I often heard it said that those coachmen who were the first to take