Versatility of the Thoroughbred, Daily Racing Form, 1917-02-12


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VERSATILITY OF THE THOROUGHBRED. "Are these gallopers ever good for anything else?" The question was addressed to one of the old-timers at the Windsor track at Detroit. "I think there is nothing they cannot adapt themselves to." was his reply. "Now out here there is one owner who is also c brewer. He has one of the largest breweries down south. He has a big stable of thoroughbreds up north. Every ihkt in a while a horse will go wrong. The animal "might hurt a tendon or injure himself otherwise while going at great speed. He becomes worthless for racing purposes, so this brewer ships him south and the galloper is assigned to haul beer through the streets. "There are many thoroughbreds now which go as well under harness as under saddle. I know several people who have family horses that were formerly regulars on the running tracks. "As for a saddle horse. I wouldnt have anything outside of a thoroughbred. I think they make the best saddle horse in the world. You say that they have a habit of going at full speed. Thats true. You buy a thoroughbred and start him in for saddle purposes and you will soon discover that he lias carried the habit he has learned at the barrier with him. but vou can easily break him of that. Xoa will discover that the thoroughbred is the keenest animal on earth and that he can be easily broken of anv habit. Of course, he will not show you any fancy gaits, but you can depend on him. and that is more than you can say for the majority of saddle horses."

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