The Great Horse; Or, The War Horse: from the Time of the Roman Invasion Till Its Development Into the Shire Horse

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Page 59 - There was shouting and whooping, neighing and braying; there was galloping and trotting; fellows with highlows and white stockings, and with many a string dangling from the knees of their tight breeches, were running desperately, holding horses by the halter, and in some cases dragging them along; there were long-tailed steeds, and dock-tailed steeds of every degree and breed; there were droves of wild ponies, and long rows of sober cart horses; there were donkeys and even mules: the last...
Page 24 - VIII., c. 13) which provided that — " No person shall put in any forest, chase, moor, heath, common, or waste (where mares and fillies are used to be kept) any stoned horse above the age of two years, not being fifteen hands high within the Shires and territories of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Buckingham, Huntingdon, Essex, Kent, South Hampshire, North Wiltshire, Oxford, Berkshire, Worcester, Gloucester, Somerset...
Page 24 - Northampton, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Salop, Leicester, Hereford and Lincoln. And furthermore, be it enacted, that if in any of the said drifts there shall be found any mare, filly, foal, or gelding that then shall be thought not to be able nor like to grow to be able to bear foals of reasonable stature or not able nor like to grow to be able to do profitable labours by the discretions of the drivers aforesaid or of the more number of them, then the same driver or drivers shall...
Page 16 - Withouth one of the gates is a certain field, plain [or smooth] both in name and situation. Every Friday, except some greater festival come in the way, there is a brave sight of gallant horses to be sold: many come out of the city to buy or look on, to wit, earls, barons, knights, citizens, all resorting thither.
Page 43 - Horses ; but do not give more than 1 8 or 20 Pieces each for them : that is enough for Dragooners. I will give you 60 Pieces for that black you won at Horncastle (if you hold to a mind to sell him), for my Son, who has a mind to him. — Dear Sir, I am your Friend, OLIVER CROMWELL.
Page 24 - ... and every of them to be killed, and the bodies of them to be buried in the ground or otherwise bestowed, as no annoyance thereby shall come or grow to the people, there near inhabiting or thither resorting.
Page 23 - For that in many and most places of this realm, commonly little horses and nags of small stature and value be suffered to depasture, and also to cover mares and felys of very small stature, by reason whereof the breed of good and strong horses of this realm is now lately diminished, altered and decayed, and further is likely to decay if speedy remedy be not sooner provided in that behalf.
Page 16 - Every Friday there is a brave sight of gallant horses to be sold. Many come out of the city to buy or look on — to wit, earls, barons, knights, and citizens. There are to be found here maneged or War Horses (dextrarii), of elegant shape, full of fire and giving every proof of a generous and noble temper ; likewise Cart horses, Horses fitted for the Dray, or the Plough, or the Chariot1.
Page 24 - A penalty of 403. is imposed on the Lords, Owners, and Fermers of all parks and grounds enclosed, as is above rehearsed, who shall willingly suffer any of the said mares to be covered or kept with any Stoned Horse under the stature of 14 handfuls.
Page 28 - ... whereby hir cariage is conueied safelie vnto the appointed place. Hereby also the ancient vse of somers and sumpter horsses is in a maner vtterlie relinquished, which causes the traines of our princes in their progresses to shew far lesse than those of the kings of other nations.

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