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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 8 (November 2, 1936)

Horses and Husbands

Horses and Husbands.

For husband-breaking is even harder than horse-breaking. You can give a horse his head until he comes to his senses; but the woman of wisdom knows that when you give a husband his head he loses it. You can take a horse to the water but you can't make him drink; you can take a husband to the altar and then the difficulty is to stop him drinking. The spouse of nous adjusts the blinkers with such cunning care that he believes what he sees is all there is to be seen. This is a danggerous stage for, if love is blind, marriage can produce second-sight.

The party of the first (and only) part knows that the woman's hand is the hand that locks the stable and that kindly but despotic deception should be practised to keep horses and husbands comfortably captive. Thus, when turning the key, she leaves the top flap of the door open so that the old horse can see out while he stays in.

The rugged road of wedlock can produce either bliss or blisters according to the type of hand that guides the cart. The wife who realises that
“Rope herself a marital mustang.”

“Rope herself a marital mustang.”

she's “in the cart,” lightens the journey by humouring the horse.