The Horse World of London

W. J. Gordon
1892 Scientific American  
THERE is no more eloquent testimony to the order liness of London than the mere sprinkling of cavalry within its limits. It may seem rIdiculous to the for eigner that with 375 mounted police and two small regiments of Household troops numbering 275 horses each, five millions of people are content to behave themselves ; but it is a state of affairs of which Eng lishmen have no cause to be ashamed. Even adding in the six battalions of Foot Guards and the line bat talion at the Tower, and
more » ... ng that there is Woolwich and that tbere are Hounslow and Windsor not far off, and that there are facilities of communica tion-not, however, greater than exist in other capitals -we shall find that the police and military ready to be used as police, in and about London, are a mere hand ful compared to what are necessary for peace-keeping and ceremonial purposes in the cities across the chan neL And the display made of these is proportionately much less, for, as a matter of fact, the ordinary Lon doner is aware of the presence of cavalry by reason only of the two specimens on view daily in Whitehall. a bad horse in a field, or on a hillside, or in deep pasture, I money to the auctioneers than to the unfortunate or when under cover, or in a drove. It is not safe to buyers, who � find him out" in a fortnight, and" get choose an underbred animal, immediately conspicuous rid of him ! sharp" to an unwary successor; a wonder by his coarse head, or thick throat, or short neck, or ful anima this horse, "quiet in harness, a good large, bony joints, or clumsy legs, or short I>asterns, or worker, " who has only two faults l one that .. it takes a curly in the hair of his mane or tail. The typical long time to catch him in Ii field, ' the other that "he cavalry horse must have a small, lean head, a flat, is not worth a rap when caught." But this kind of a broad forehead, fine, full nostrils, a good, clean throat, horse does not put in many appearances at Knights thin neck, well shaped legs, long pasterns, and straight bridge. Tattersall's has a character to keep up! and it hair, with a deep, wide chest, and a short, broad back has kept it up for 126 years now. It is emmently and loin. No long backs will do, for long backs do respectable, from the unused drinking fountain and not carry weight, and short necks or croups are simply the auctioneer's hammer, one of the good old pattern, impossible for soldiering. Of course the horse has to with a rounded knob instead of a double head, down be of the regimental color. In the cavalry generally to the humblest hanger-on. chestnuts are not in favor, for chestnuts usually have Entering one of the stables which open on to the white, and white except in the Scots Greys, is not de-yards, and have a dozen or more roomy stalls apiece, sirable; nflither chestnuts then, nor mealy bays, are fit we find a horse being measured ) to make sure he is for cavalry work, but roans and bays and browns, correctly described. One would think that he was a and, for our guardsmen, blacks. recruit, from the careful way in which the long wooden
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