. Breeder and sportsman. Horses. 12 ©He gveeftev cmb &povi*nicm [June 17, 1905 The Good Draft Horse. U a horse is e'lorl ribbed he if light i hie middle and is nearl; ' P00r feede. "'g1' ,0 contain sufficient food I fr0U1 one meal to an en put into hard work he ger <«l.'6ed °"1 appea. â¢;! uorae sel- dom weighs well, and weight in a draft horse, if it comes from bone, sinew and moscle, goes a long way to determine his commercial value. When a horse ie well coupled together on top and has a short back be must have the length below from the point of the shoulder to the back o

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. Breeder and sportsman. Horses. 12 ©He gveeftev cmb &povi*nicm [June 17, 1905 The Good Draft Horse. U a horse is e'lorl ribbed he if light i hie middle and is nearl; ' P00r feede. "'g1' ,0 contain sufficient food I fr0U1 one meal to an en put into hard work he ger <«l.'6ed °"1 appea. â¢;! uorae sel- dom weighs well, and weight in a draft horse, if it comes from bone, sinew and moscle, goes a long way to determine his commercial value. When a horse ie well coupled together on top and has a short back be must have the length below from the point of the shoulder to the back o
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. Breeder and sportsman. Horses. 12 ©He gveeftev cmb &povi*nicm [June 17, 1905 The Good Draft Horse. U a horse is e'lorl ribbed he if light i hie middle and is nearl; ' P00r feede. "'g1' ,0 contain sufficient food I fr0U1 one meal to an en put into hard work he ger <«l.'6ed °"1 appea. â¢;! uorae sel- dom weighs well, and weight in a draft horse, if it comes from bone, sinew and moscle, goes a long way to determine his commercial value. When a horse ie well coupled together on top and has a short back be must have the length below from the point of the shoulder to the back of the thigh. W ben so built he will stand the strain of draw- oads much better than if he has a long, loose back. The front feet and hocks are the parts of either a draft or a driving horse that come directly in contact with the hard work, and unless they are sound and good a horse's usefulness will be very much impaired and his commercial value very much lessened. The feet should be large and waxy in appearance. The sole of the hoof should be concave, the frog spongy, plump and elastic, because it acts as a buffer to take the concussion from acting too severely on the foot, pastern and fetlock. See that both sire and dam have sound feet, free from flatness, brittle- Dess, and are not contracted. There should be no "gumminess" about the hocks of the draft horse, as it indicates coarseness. They Bhould be large, flat and firm and should be wide, especially from a side view. A Btallion whose feet are contracted and brittle and whose bocks are puffy and fleBhy looking should be avoided as Buch hocks are generally associated with a coarsness throughout his wbole confor- mation and a general lack of quality. Before using a stallion get the groom to lead him away from you. Stand square behind him and see that he picKs up his feet and places them on the ground properly, travelling in both trot and walk clear and clean, not Btriking the ground first with the toe and t