Shetland Pony Stud-book, Volume 1

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Printed at the Free Press Office, 1891 - Ponies

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Page xix - ... 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...
Page xxxi - Baliastae, Scraefield. This kirk was in use as late as 1822, but when it was first built is another story. The building is of different periods. In Hibbert's admirable book on his visit to Shetland he says : " I arrived on the Sabbath morning. The natives of the vale were all in motion on the way to the kirk of Baliastae.
Page xvi - There was hard fighting immediately, and it was not long till Earl Melbrigda fell, and all his men with him. Earl Sigurd and his men fastened their heads to the saddle-straps in bravado, and so they rode home triumphing in their victory. As they were proceeding, Earl Sigurd, intending to kick at his horse with his foot, struck the calf of his leg against a tooth protruding from Earl Melbrigda's head, which scratched him slightly, but it soon became swollen and painful, and he died of it.
Page xxviii - ... more than he can ; that they are not used to be taxed to their work so severely ; that they will work as their fathers did, and not otherwise ; and at first the landlord found difficulty in getting hands to work under his Caledonian taskmaster. Besides, they find fault with his ho, and gee, and wo, when ploughing. ' He speaks to the horse,' they say, ' and they gang — and there's something no canny about the man.
Page xvi - Melbrigd saw this, he said to his men : — " Now we have been treacherously dealt with by Earl Sigurd, for I see two men's legs on one side of each horse, and the men, I believe, are thus twice as many as the beasts. But let us be brave, and kill each his man before we die.
Page xxviii - One man went before walking backward, with his face to the bullocks, and pulling them forward by main strength. Another held down the plough by its single handle, and made a sort of slit in the earth, which two women, who closed the procession, converted into a furrow, by throwing the earth aside with shovels.
Page xxix - Live as far as Gravesend in one of their best Bottoms. There is a Spot of Ground above the Town, about a Quarter of a Mile in Length, and pretty even Ground, which is very rare in Zetland; here the Countryman comes with his Horse, enquiring in Dutch, who will ride ; immediately comes a clumsy Dutchman, gives him a Dublekee (that is Twopence), then...
Page xix - Summer or winter they never come into an house but run upon the mountains, in some places in flocks ; and if any time in Winter the storm be so great that they are straitened for food they will come down from the Hills when the ebb is in the sea and eat the seaware. . . . which Winter storms and scarcity of fodder puts them out of ease and bringeth them so very low that they recover not their strength till St. John's Mass-day, the 24th of June, when they are at their best. They will live to a considerable...
Page xxix - ... he is scarce up before he is down again ; so that the Fellow often makes a Shilling of the Dutchman before he comes to the End of the Place; this, together with what Money they receive for their...
Page xx - IVaes and Yell, these of the least size are in the Northern Isles of Yell and Unst. The Coldness of the Air, the Barrenness of the Mountains on which they feed and their hard usage may occasion them to keep so little, for if bigger Horses be brought into the Countrey, their kind within a little time will degenerate ; And indeed in the present case, we may see the Wisdome of Providence, for their way being deep and Mossie in Many places, these lighter Horses come through when the greater and heavier...

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