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HORSEMANSHIP FOR WOMEN.




PART I.


AMATEUR HORSE-TRAINING.


"My dear" said my wife, "you don't mean to say you have bought that horse?"

"Why, yes, indeed," replied I; "and very cheap, too. And why not?"

"You will never get your money back," said she, "no matter how cheap you have bought him. Don't keep him. Send him back before it is too late."

It was a sultry July morning, and my wife stood on the farm-house porch, in provokingly fresh attire, while I held my new acquisition by the bridle in the scorching sun; and just recovering as I was from illness, this conversation struck me as really anything but tonic in its character. However, bracing myself up, I replied, "But I don't want to get my money back; I intend to train him for my own use under the saddle."

"Oh, you can never do anything with that great