Ponies, Past and Present (Google eBook)

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Vinton & Company, 1900 - Ponies - 112 pages
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Page 5 - VIII., c. 13) which provided that " No person shall put in any forest, chase, moor, heath, common, or waste (where mares and fillies are used to be kept) any stoned horse above the age of two years, not being fifteen hands high...
Page 6 - And furthermore be it enacted, that if in any of the said drifts, there shall be found any mare, filly foal or gelding that then shall be thought not to be able nor like to grow to be able to bear foals of reasonable stature, or not able nor like to grow to be able to do profitable labours...
Page 76 - ... from other places they are of a less size than the Orkney Horses, for some will be but 9, others 10, Nives or Hand-breadths high, and they will be thought big Horses there if 11, and, although so small, yet are they full of vigour and life, and some, not so high as others, often prove to be the strongest. Yea, there are some whom an able man can lift up in his arms, yet will they carry him, and a woman behind him, 8 miles forward and as many back...
Page 5 - for that in many and most places of this Realm, commonly little Horses and Nags of small stature and value be suffered to depasture, and also to cover Mares and Felys of very small stature, by reason whereof the Breed of good and strong Horses of this Realm is now lately diminished, altered and decayed, and further is likely to decay, if speedy Remedy be not sooner provided in that Behalf...
Page 80 - The number of ponies on the islands has decreased in recent years by reason of the steadily growing demand from without. The latest available Government returns are those of 1891, and for the sake of comparison the returns of 1881 are given below : 1881 1891 Horses (including ponies) as returned by occupiers of land used solely for agriculture 921 787 Unbroken horses and mares kept solely for breeding 4,323 4,016 5,244 4,803 The ponies are little used for farm work in the Shetlands ; they carry...
Page 76 - Scotland, written three centuries ago : but the first description which has completeness to recommend it is that of Brand, who visited the islands in 1700 and wrote A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland, Firth and Caithness, which was published at Edinburgh in the following year. This author writes : " They are of a less size than the Orkney Horses, for some will be but 9, others 10 nives or handbreadths high, and they will be thought big Horses there if...
Page 5 - A penalty of 40s. was likewise imposed on " lords, owners, and farmers of all parks and grounds enclosed as is above rehearsed, who shall willingly suffer any of the said mares to be covered or kept with any Stoned Horse under the stature of fourteen handfuls2.
Page 72 - English they are fond of racing and have a celebrated course at Leith which is honoured with a royal plate given by his present Majesty...
Page 76 - ... behind him, 8 miles forward and as many back ! Summer or Winter they never come into an House, but run upon the Mountains, in some places in flocks ; and if at any time in Winter the storm be so great that they are...
Page 76 - St. John's Mass-day, the 24th of June, when they are at their best. They will live to a considerable age, as twenty-six, twenty-eight or thirty years, and they will be good riding horses in twenty-four, especially they'le be the more vigorous and live the longer if they be four years old before they be put to work. Those of a black colour are judged to be the most durable and the pyeds often prove not so good ; they have been more numerous than they now are.

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