Excerpt from Mechanics Applied to the Race Horse: Une Foulee De Galop De Course With a Study of the Construction and Functions of the Hind Legs, Replies to Criticisms
There are few reasoning men in this country who do not realize, after a year of European War, that the horse is one of the most important factors in the equipment of armies. It is unnecessary to detail the efforts made by European Governments to improve the breed of horse in their respective territories. These Governments are so fully alive to the military and commercial importance of the horse that they spend annually vast sums of money in importing English thoroughbreds of the best type for crossing with the mares of their country, thereby producing in large quantities animals capable of serving them either under the saddle or in harness. The United States Government has begun to realize the importance of this subject and has made a start, whether in the right direction or not, cannot be said as yet.
In requesting Colonel Couste's permission to translate this very valuable work I was desirous of reaching three classes.
The School of Application for Cavalry at Saumur, in France, is probably the best school in the world of its kind. It is the ambition of every young French Cavalry officer to become a member of the famous Cadre Noir, the affectionate popular name for the Corps des Ecuyers, who are the riding instructors at this school.
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