Little did I think when I published the First Edition of this work that in so short a space of time (a few months only) I should be writing a Preface to the Second Edition.
I have gone most thoroughly through the First Edition, and have made such alterations and additions as appear to be necessary, which I hope will enhance its value.
I take this opportunity of thanking the Press for their kindly interest in my work. It has been extremely gratifying to me that they have been so unanimous in their expression of approval, recognizing in it a book of "great originality and practical worth," the result of a lifetime of personal experience with horses in various parts of the world, under most varied circumstances on sea as well as on land.
The success attained by my most serious attempt at authorship induces me to write a companion volume, to be called Practical Horsemanship: Training, Driving, Riding, Saddle and Side Saddle, which is dedicated by permission to His Grace the Duke of Portland, K.G., G.C.V.O., P.C. I trust this work will be equally well received by the public and also by the Press.