TREATMENT OF BALKY HORSES.
Anyone observing the inhuman treatment often bestowed upon balky horses will indorse the following persuasive measure recommended by the Germantown Telegraph. To these remedies others may be added, but the ground is sufficiently covered by these hints to meet all ordinary cases of sulks in horses:
As long as we can remember, this singular fit of obstinacy in the horse has been discussed, and all sorts of plans given for overcoming it. It must be remembered that what will prove a remedy for one horse will not for another. The original cause of it is, doubtless, neglect and ill-treatment of the colt, or after it has been broken to harness. Sometimes stop ping a few moments will be sufficient to start the animal again of its own accord. Kind words, patting, a handful of hay or grass, an apple, or a little black pepper put upon the tongue, will induce it to go ahead as if nothing had been the matter. Whipping, at all times, and especially in this case, is the worst resort. We have ourselves induced balky horses to quietly start by some of these means, and one was entirely cured of it by letting it stand until it went on again of its own free will. Sometimes the mere turning of the head and letting the animal look in a different direction, or rubbing the nose, has answered ; so has tying a string around the foreleg below the knee and drawing it rather tight. Various resorts of this kind should be adopted, but never force.