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The present booklet has been written with the intent
to prove that of late years the English nation has failed · in the production of one of its most important commodi.
ties, and the means by which a further extent of this evil can be remedied has been suggested.
The race-course has caused the excessive creation of thorough-breds. Why should not the general-utility horse possess a suitable arena whereon to exhibit his speed and endurance at other paces than the gallop ?
The demand for such horses in a commercial point of view is not sufficiently attractive to create the muchneeded supply; but were trotting courses instituted in this country similar to those in America then the supply would, in a very few years, exceed the demand.
The illustrations which accompany this small volume are intended to point out the classes of horses which existed during the various periods of the world's history, and especially those common to Great Britain during the