Road, Track, and Stable: Chapters about Horses and Their Treatment

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Little, Brown, 1892 - Horses - 334 pages
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Page 266 - ... did pint-pots exist in Nejed; a most intelligent and yet a singularly gentle look, full eye, sharp thorn-like little ear, legs fore and hind that seemed as if made of hammered iron, so clean and yet so well twisted with sinew; a neat round hoof, just the requisite for hard ground; the tail set on or rather thrown out at a perfect arch; coats smooth, shining, and light; the mane long but not overgrown nor heavy; and an air and step that seemed to say 'Look at me, am I not pretty?
Page 183 - ... and, indeed, was fine all over ; and mighty earnest to go, though the day was very lowering ; and she would have me put on my fine suit, which I did. And so anon we went alone through the town with our new liveries of serge, and the horses...
Page 215 - The trumpets had no sooner given the signal, than the champions vanished from their posts with the speed of lightning, and closed in the centre of the lists with the shock of a thunderbolt.
Page 179 - Yet to do the folks justice, they are sensible, and reasonable, and civilized; their very language is polished since I lived among them. I attribute this to their more frequent intercourse with the world and the capital, by the help of good roads and post-chaises, which, if they have abridged the king's dominions, have at least tamed his subjects.
Page 74 - He was spavined in both hind-legs, and his tail was slim at the root. His spirit was very high ; and yet he was so reliable that he would hardly ever break, and his bottom was of the finest and toughest quality.
Page 191 - An old man draws nigh, he is mounted on a lean pony, and he leads by the bridle one of these animals; nothing very remarkable about that creature, unless in being smaller than the rest and gentle, which they are not; he is not of the sightliest look; he is almost dun, and over one eye a thick film has gathered. But stay! there...
Page 266 - But if asked what are, after all, the specially distinctive points of the Nejdee horse, I should reply, the slope of the shoulder, the extreme cleanness of the shank, and the full rounded haunch, though every other part too has a perfection and a harmony unwitnessed (at least by my eyes) anywhere else.
Page 266 - I do not think that any came fully up to fifteen hands ; fourteen appeared to me about their average ; but they were so exquisitely well shaped, that want of greater size seemed hardly, if at all, a defect. Remarkably full in the haunches, with a shoulder of a slope so elegant as to make one, in the words of an Arab poet, go
Page 191 - I there is something remarkable about that horse, there is something in his action in which he differs from all the rest. As he advances, the clamour is hushed ! all eyes are turned upon him — what looks of interest — of respect — and, what is this ? people are taking off their hats — surely not to that steed ! Yes, verily ! men, especially old men, are taking off their hats to that one-eyed steed, and I hear more than one deep-drawn ah I "What horse is that?
Page 15 - ... see strange scenes of animal life ; how the creatures gambol at one moment and fight at another ; how a herd suddenly halts in strained attention,, and then breaks into a maddened rush, as one of them becomes conscious of the stealthy movements or rank scent of a beast of prey. Now this hourly life-and-death excitement is a keen delight to most wild creatures, but must be peculiarly distracting to the comfort-loving temperament of others.

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