WEEDING. Noblemen as well as commoners, and rich men as well as poor, frequently have bad horses, and then what are they to do with them 1 To sell them to their friends would not add much to their character and respectability, and to hawk them among strangers would be beneath their dignity; consequently, at certain times of the year, the owner and stud-groom make their selection of all faulty horses, and either have an auction on the premises, or send them to a public repository, accompanied perhaps by three or four of the best ones in the stable, to add weight and importance to the stud. This is called " weeding the stable," and a very proper term it is too; horses drafted in this manner form no inconsiderable portion of the valuable studs of noblemen and gentlemen which are sold at repositories and elsewhere. —Surtee's Hwseman's Manual.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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