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The Horse Trainer's Guide. By Digby Collins. (Longman.)—The author of

this little treatise is evidently in earnest; he gets quite pathetic in the chapter of "Advice to Grooms," and argues in favour of

the policy of honesty in a way that we trust will be found irresistible, even by that class that does not seem in general to gain much from association with the noblest of quadrupeds. From the good sense that hedisplays in those parts of the book in which we can follow him, we should bo quite inclined to place confidence in him as an adviser in technical matters. He gives, for instance, excellent reasons for the opinions that ho holds as to the proper form of the horse and the shape of his limbs ; hence we are disposed to listen to him when he gots to the questions of training and management, and the treatment of diseases. We believe that his conclusions have been arrived at not by hasty con- jecture or theory, but by careful study of and practical Labours in each branch treated.