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A JOB HORSE AND HIS DRIVERS.                   109
ling, and, more than all, the trembling of the horse-box in which I stood did me no real harm, I soon took it quietly.
When I reached the end of my journey I found myself in a tolerably comfortable stable, and well attended to. These stables were not so airy and pleasant as those I had been used to. The stalls were laid on a slope instead of being level, and as my head was kept tied to the manger, I was always obliged to stand on the slope, which was very fa­tiguing. Men do not seem to know yet that horses can do more work if they can stand comfortably and can turn about; however, I was well fed and well cleaned, and, on the whole, I think our master took as much care of us as he could. He kept a good many horses and carriages of dif­ferent kinds for hire. Sometimes his own men drove them; at others, the horse and chaise were let to gentle­men or ladies who themselves drove.
CHAPTER XXVIII.
A JOB HORSE AND HIS DRIVERS.
Hitherto I had always been driven by people who at least knew how to drive; but in this place I was to get my experience of all the different kinds of bad and ignorant driving to which we horses are subjected; fori was a "job horse," and was let out to all sorts of people who wished to hire me; and as I was good-tempered and gentle, I think I was oftener let out to the ignorant drivers than some of the other horses, because I could be depended upon. It would take a long time to tell of all the differ­ent styles in which I was driven, but I will mention a few of them.
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