Patroclus and Penelope: A Chat in the Saddle (Google eBook)

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1886 - Horsemanship - 170 pages
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Page 21 - ... should be like a sheepes head,' is open to argument. The type is recognisable in many old pictures, but a horse's head is not now considered perfect the more closely it resembles the head of the sheep. A poet of the saddle, the late Major Whyte Melville, had a different theory. His perfect horse was to have A head like a snake, and a skin like a mouse, An eye like a woman bright, gentle, and brown ; With loins and a back that would carry a house, And quarters to lift you smack over a town.
Page 164 - There's the devil's own fun, boys, along the whole line!" How he strode his brown steed! How we saw his blade brighten In the one hand still left, and the reins in his teeth! He laughed like a boy when the holidays heighten. But a soldier's glance shot from his visor beneath. Up came the reserves to the mellay infernal, Asking where to go in, through the clearing or pine? "O, anywhere! Forward! 'Tis all the same, Colonel: You'll find lovely fighting along the whole line!
Page 142 - the bearings of this observation lays in the application on it.
Page 82 - From the walk he should be able to bound into any pace, in perfectly balanced action, that the rider may require.
Page 81 - The head should be of the finest Oriental type; the neck well arched, but not too long.
Page 81 - He must be intelligent, for without intelligence even with fine form and action he can never be pleasant to ride.
Page 14 - ... all horse-lovers admire and have been habituated to see drawn by artists, instead of the ungainly positions usually resulting from the instantaneous process.
Page 15 - Every horseman knows that this is a pretty sound test of a willing jumper, if not a crack one.
Page 116 - The flexions of the croup are fully as important, if not more so, than those of the forehand, and in their proper teaching lies the root of your success.

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