The sport of trotting is not one which has ever taken very deep root in this country, nor is it in the remotest degree probable that it will ever rival horse-racing, as the term is accepted by Englishmen, in the estimation of the public. On the other hand, trotting is the great popular sport of America, and therefore it is by no means to be regarded as surprising that a few admirers of this gait are endeavouring to increase the interest taken in it by their fellow-countrymen on this side of the Atlantic.

It must, moreover, be borne in mind that many Englishmen, though uninfluenced by any desire to race their horses, endeavour to increase the speed of their animals, and consequently a few lines devoted to the main principles of the successful preparation of a trotting horse may assist in attaining the object of these owners.