Breeding Bureau Finds Favor: American Army Expert Favors Thoroughbred for Cavalry Mount, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-12


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BREEDING BUREAU FINDS FAVOR. American Army Expert Favors Thoroughbred for Cavalry Mount. New York, October 11. Lieutenant Johnson. V. S. A., and whose opinion is of much value, strongly commends the work of the Krecdiug F.itroau in New York State. Lieutenant Johnson returned last Saturday from Germany, where he lias been live years as representative of the Inited States Army to study German methods of recruiting cavalry mounts for the army. 11 tells an interesting story of the manner in which mounts for the cavalry are kept up to the highest state of etlicicny. Thoroughbred stallions owned by the governemcnt are bred to cold-blooded mares of good size and individuality and the result is cavalry chargers of the best class. Lieutenant Johnson is a strong believer in thoroughbred blood anil maintains that hordes, bred as the German cavalry horses are, tire more intelligent, mature earlier and have more stamina and endurance than any other horse in the world. The young horses are taken up first as two-year-olds, when they receive light training and are made accustomed to the use of arms. At three years of age they are trained for the manoeuvers, and at four are read- for actual service. He had not heard of the Hreeding Korean established by the Jockey Club until his arrival here and at once comfnended it as the best move for the improvement of the general utility horse ever made in this country. Lieutenant Johnson left for Washington and in his report of "his observations in Germany will strongly recommend the acquirement of a large number of thoroughbred stallions by tlie government to lie used exclusively for breeding remounts for the army.

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