Advice from Rarey.
--In saddling a horse I proceed thus: I first show him the saddle.--If you pull him about or blind his eyes he thinks something is wrong, and of course resists.
But accustom him to the saddle by placing it on and off several times, and all is right.
In mounting, too, gentlemen go wrong, as they do about almost everything--[laughter]--about a horse.
They bear their weight on the foot in the stirrup and try to climb up, so that the horse is like a fly on a pane of glass — his weight on one side Mr. Rarey
then proceeded to illustrate his method of mounting — standing-close to the horse and bearing his weight upon the horse's shoulder.
Now, a horse has great power in pulling his head down, but little when it is pulled a-one-side.
This shows you how to stop a horse when he runs away.
If you make a dead pull it is like a man trying to lift himself over a fence by his boot straps.
But if you turn him round and round (illustrating) he is powerless.
If a horse jibs with you in the street, and refuses to go on, don't attempt to spur him; turn him round and round.
He would rather go on than keep turning any time.
You remember the mule who used to go through a brook to lighten his load of salt, which dissolved in the water.
His master cured him by loading him with sand, which the water made heavier.
No beating could have accomplished such a reformation.
then took a drum, showed it to the horse, explaining that horses only feared what they did not understand, as boys feared false-faces in the dark, unless they know them to be pasteboard; and then, rattling the drum over the nervous-puller, concluded this part of his lecture amid hearty applause.--Rarey's Lecture.