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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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In a short time I and my master undersood each other as well as horse and man can do. In the stable, too, he did all that he could for our comfort. The stalls were the old-fashioned style, too much on the slope; but he had two movable bars fixed across the back of our stalls, so that at night, when we were resting, he just took off our halters and put up the bars, and thus we could turn about and stand whichever way we pleased, which is a great comfort.
Jerry kept us very clean, and gave us as much change of food as he could, and always plenty of it; and not only that, but he always gave us plenty of clean, fresh water, which he allowed to stand by us both night and day, ex­cept, of course, when we came in warm. Some people say that a horse ought not to drink all he likes; but I know if we are allowed to drink when we want it we drink only a lit­tle at a time, and it does us a great deal more good than swallowing down half a bucketful at a time, because we have been left without it till we are thirsty and miserable. Some grooms will go home to their beer and leave us for hours with our dry hay and oats and nothing to moisten them ; then of course we gulp down too much at once, which helps to spoil our breathing and sometimes chills our stomachs. But the best thing that we had here was our Sun­days for rest! We worked so hard in the week that I do not think we could have kept up to it but for that day; be­sides, we had time to enjoy each other's company. It was on these days that I learned my companion's history.
Captain had been broken in and trained for an army horse; his first owner was an officer of cavalry going out
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