Thoroughbred Is Superior: Major Scott, Says Expert Opinion, Is in Favor of Well-Bred Horse., Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-08


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THOROUGHBRED IS SUPERIOR Major Scott Says Expert Opinion OpinionIs Is in Favor of Weil Bred BredHorse Horse In many Instances and on various occasions j you will hear a person argue that a well I bred horse particularly of thoroughbred c origin although possessing courage and s speed is not able to stand hardship neglect i and abuse such as are met with in field E service If you investigate you will find that such conclusions are almost invariably based on the observation of one or two well bred horses that were usually of a poor typo to start with or that had not been hardened or properly conditioned for such work workTo To such arguments it is only necessary to refer the person to a horseman or to in ¬ duce him to read reports on the best type and breeds of horse known to cavalry operations in history It will always be found that the unanimous opinion is that a wellbred horse is superior in every way to a coldblooded one oneIn In support of this opinion I wish to call attention to an article by Will H Ogilvie in The Field The Country Gentlemens News ¬ paper of January 7 In this article Mr Ogilvie describes the Australian stock horse known as the Waler which is an exceedingly wellbred horse produced by many thor ¬ oughbred top crosses starting on the native Australian mare mareCourage Courage and remarkable endurance have stamped the Australian stock horse as pre ¬ eminent among the longjourney horses of tho world and just as he comes through a rough and exacting education without hurt so ho manages to exist through a long life of hard usage and fast wearing work workHis His pluck is severely tested aiincst every time he is saddled He comes home leg weary but game after having been ridden to the utmost limit of his strength He is galled by hard leather girths and cut by sweatroughened and badly stuffed saddles He is ridden long hours without water and turned out at night to feed in drought stricken pastures tortured by mosquitoes and sandflies Half his life is spent in the dust of the great mobs of sheep and cattle in the mud of the flooded plains in the long weary journeys of the endless western roads Yet he never fails us flinching only a little when the cold saddle first touches the red ¬ raw sore upon his back or when the sharp edged girth renews the torture of yesterdays gall gallIn In memory we see him tied to the horse rail in the morning while the mustercrs wait for orders cantering through the scented sandal bush at noon tireless and free com ¬ ing home at sunset with his bridleslapping walk highheaded and unbeaten still We bee him plodding behind the great mobs of sheep cutting out the cattle on camp swing ¬ ing away to town on Saturday night with some gay Lothario in the saddle winning a race at the township meeting going a trial gallop on the station course game always keen always ready for every phase of work as it comes along Such is the stock horse of Australia Unkempt and wild with mud and burrs In his mane and tail with bare hoofs cracked and split in contact with the iron roads with green foam dripping from his snafflebars and spur marks worn along his flanks he still carries the proud crest of one that has fed in farreaching paddocks and has come to drink at wide and open water and we remember him gratefully as the gallant companion of many a reckless gallop and many a daylong ride rideThis This is the breed that the Remount Service is producing by its work in the United States Major C L Scott in The Remount

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