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Excerpt from Riding and Driving Horses: Their Breeding and Rearing
At the present time there is a greater demand than ever for animals carrying from 12 to 15 stone, which will hunt or hack, and also prove suitable as match horses for carriage purposes. Horses of this. Type, indeed - square-made, sizeable, with proper courage and action - can scarcely be obtained.
In proof of this it is only necessary for a good judge to visit the yards of our metropolitan and country dealers, and he will soon discover how hard and costly a job it is to pick up a London brougham horse or a match pair from to 162 hands in height, with good feet and legs, stylish in carriage, and workably sound. During the past few years, for such purposes buyers have had to content themselves but too often with foreign horses at extravagant prices.
Hundreds of pairs of carriage and coach horses are sold yearly in London to purchasers, unconscious of their origin, at from 5 200 to 500 the pair, an anomaly for which it is unjust to blame the dealers when English bred horses are not to be found in the country. As the demand is thus beyond the supply, these enterprising dealers have now their agents on the Continent always ready to purchasethe most English -looking animals they can find. And in nearly all cases they have been bred from English stock.
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