A SHYING HORSE.
To the inquiry. Why does a horse shy? The National Live Stock Journal replies: “Because he sees something which be does not understand, and is filled with a greater or less degree of fear, something as the boy feels when he shies at the burying ground, and goes around to keep clear of it. It may be some new or unusual object that the horse sees, or it may be an imperfect view of it. Even a familiar object, if it comes to view suddenly and unexpectedly, will cause a horse to shy or jump, just as an unexpected object or sound causes a nervous person to start. When a person is so startled, how much would it improve the matter to be scolded at or given a cut with a whip? Just as much as the same treatment would in the case of the horse. Harshness only aggravates the matter.
” The more the horse is scolded and whipped, the more nervous he gets ; and every time he passes the place where the fright and whipping occurred, he will recollect the unpleasant affair, and he will begin to priejt up his ears and fidget, ready for another jump. Give him the lines and he will go by in a hurry. The proper way is never to strike or scold a horse that is startled or frightened. Speak to him coolly, calmly and kindly; give him time to see and collect hi’s scattered senses, and make him feel that you are his friend and protector. When he sees that all is right, there is an end to all further trouble. We have seen a horse refuse to cross an unsafe-looking bridge ; but when the driver took him by the bit and walked ahead, the horse cautiously followed. Next time he required no coaxing or urging to cross the bridge. He might have been whipped into it at first, but was not the milder course, although a little trouble, the better one ? The horse showed his confidence in the driver ever afterward.”