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Hints on Driving

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Author: C.S. Ward
Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,670 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.6
LoC Category: SF
Downloads: 871
Added to site: 2009.02.16
mnybks.net#: 23450
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Instructional

I purpose, in the course of the following pages, to give my readers the benefit of my tolerably long experience in the art of driving four horses.

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succeeded; he told me he had not been to bed; but I will not vouch for the accuracy of this part of the anecdote. The art, like many others, is very easy when you know how to do it. The turn of the wrist, with a slight jerk of the elbow, is the proper way to accomplish it.

The less the whip is used while driving, the better, for it will only get you into trouble if used improperly. If a horse shies, never flog him for it; timidity is generally the cause of shying, unless his eyes are defective. Of course whipping can do no good in that case; speak kindly to him, that is the best way, if he be young; as he becomes better acquainted with objects and gains confidence, he will most likely give up the trick. I will make a few more observations on the whip. If you can use it well, use it seldom, and before you strike a horse, always take hold of his head; if you do this, you will find the slightest touch will have the desired effect. It is a pretty art, to be able with certainty, to touch a leader under the

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