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the longe in my left hand and back away to very nearly the full length, while an assistant holds the

DUMB-JOCKEY, USED FOR TRAINING THE HORSE TO ACCEPT CONTACT OF THE BITS AT THE DIFFERENT GAITS

horse's head. I stand at the center of the circle in which the horse is to travel, and show the long training whip, which I carry in my right hand. The assistant leads the horse a few steps around the circle to the left, then stops and caresses the animal on neck and head.

When in this way the horse has traveled an entire circumference, the assistant lets go the bridle, and takes the longe with his left hand about three feet from the head. While the assistant continues to caress the horse with his right hand, the trainer, still holding the longe in his left hand, encourages the horse to continue around the circle, by chirping the tongue and showing the whip near the horse's hind legs, but without actually striking. After a