Patroclus and Penelope: A Chat in the Saddle

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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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