The Perfect Horse: How to Know Him, how to Breed Him, how to Train Him, how to Shoe Him, how to Drive Him

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J.R. Osgood, 1873 - Horses - 480 pages
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Page 425 - Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such, We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind...
Page i - Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength : He goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted, Neither turneth he back from the sword.
Page 424 - ... not be comforted, overwhelmed by the tenderness of the animal, expressed in the mute eloquence of holy Nature's universal language, the illustrious statesman for a moment lost his self-possession, and, clasping his arms around the neck of his son's favorite animal, lifted up that voice which had filled the arches of Westminster Hall with the noblest strains that ever echoed within them, and wept aloud ! This was seen and...
Page 153 - WITH a glancing eye and curving mane, He neighs and champs on the bridle-rein ; One spring, and his saddled back I press, And ours is a common happiness ! 'Tis the rapture of motion ! a hurrying cloud When the loosened winds are breathing loud :— A shaft from the painted Indian's bow— A bird — in the pride of speed we go.
Page 98 - As THE MALE AND FEMALE each furnish their quota to the formation of the embryo, it is reasonable to expect that each shall be represented in it, which is found to be the case in nature; but as...
Page 312 - I am ashamed to hitch my horse to a little log, like that, but if three of you will get on and ride, if I don't draw it, I will forfeit the rum.' Accordingly, three of those least able to stand were placed upon the log. I was present with a lantern, and cautioned those on the log to look out for their legs, as I had seen the horse draw before, and knew something had to come.
Page 272 - ... to be worn ; and being made gradually thinner towards its inner edge, it is therefore much lighter than the common concave shoe : yet it will last equally as long, and...
Page 215 - Some there are, of uncommon ardor and determination, that will pull in company; but more are made hard-pullers by faulty handling when young, which has deadened their mouths. In order that a fast horse should be under circumstances to do his best, he should be as much at his ease in his harness and general rig as possible. If he is not, he is placed at almost as much disadvantage as if sore or stiff, or suffering from some bodily ailment. You may see horses brought out of the stable to trot with...
Page 99 - ... bad points, as well as furnished with good ones. It is known by experience that the good or bad points of the progenitors of the sire or dam are almost as likely to appear again in the offspring as those of the immediate parents in whom they are dormant. Hence, in breeding, the rule is, that like produces like, or the likeness of some ancestor.
Page 306 - ... itself at every step. His hair was short, and at almost all seasons soft and glossy. He had a little long hair about the fetlocks, and for two or three inches above the fetlock, on the back side of the legs ; the rest of his limbs were entirely free from it.

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