Recollections of Men and Horses (Google eBook)

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Dodd, Mead, 1907 - Horse breeding - 354 pages
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Page 115 - Here she was wont to go ! and here ! and here ! Just where those daisies, pinks, and violets grow . The world may find the spring by following her, For other print her airy steps ne'er left. Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk ! But like the soft west wind she shot along, And where she went, the flowers took thickest root, As she had sowed them with her odorous foot.
Page 150 - Ha! ha! ha!" a chorus came Of laughter soft and low From the millions of flowers under the groundYes millions beginning to grow. " I'll promise my blossoms," the Crocus said, " When I hear the bluebirds sing." And straight thereafter Narcissus cried, " My silver and gold I'll bring." " And ere they are dulled," another spoke, " The Hyacinth bells shall ring," And the violet only murmured, " I'm here," And sweet grew the air of spring. Then "Ha! ha! ha!
Page 173 - Well, draw up. Let me get off now, and see these brave creatures. What ! not enough yet ? No painful puffing, no throbbing of the flanks. They step nervously, and champ the bit, and lean to your caresses, as if they said : " All this we have done to please you; now just let us go on to please ourselves !
Page 13 - I did all the work done with horses, such as breaking up the land, furrowing, ploughing corn and potatoes, bringing in the crops when harvested, hauling all the wood, besides tending two or three horses, a cow or two, and sawing wood for stoves, etc., while still attending school.
Page 13 - When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the wood used in the house and shops. I could not load it on the wagons, of course, at that time; but I could drive, and the choppers would load, and some one at the house unload. When about eleven years old, I was strong enough to hold a plow.
Page 172 - ... but two legs if it was meant that he should go only on a " go-to-meeting " pace. He has four legs. Of course he ought to do a great deal with them. Now why do I say these things to you? Not to convince you of your duty. But I feared lest, taking me out to ride, you would be disposed to think that / had scruples, and would jog along moderately, as if doing me a favor. Not at
Page 12 - We had, among other lands, fifty acres of forest within a mile of the village. In the fall of the year choppers were employed to cut enough wood to last a twelvemonth. When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the wood used in the house and shops.
Page 241 - ... centaur is a creature of the poet's imagination, but it comes very near a reality. What an important role the riding-horse has played in the history of mankind can only be appreciated by a study of horses along with the nations. Take, for example, the history of Mohammedanism : Mohammed and his followers swept wherever the Arabian horse and his armed rider could tread, and no further. Other peoples had pushed their conquests by sea as well as by land ; but by the horse and on the horse the Mohammedan...
Page 81 - ... breakdown has occurred, it has been invariably after a let-up. Let-ups are very dangerous to young fast animals, as their bodies grow during the let-up without corresponding development of strength, and they are very liable to get too much work when their exercise is renewed. My aim is to give the greatest amount of exercise without fatigue, and never to allow it to reach the period of exhaustion. This is secured by short-distance exercise. It is the supreme effort that develops. If colts are...
Page 204 - At the bottom of the biological scale we find organisms which have only the most limited correspondence with their surroundings. A tree, for example, corresponds with the soil about its stem, with the sunlight, and with the air in contact with its leaves. But it is shut off by its comparatively low development from a whole world to which higher forms of life have additional access.

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