make a characteristic sound, of a horse
One day, when there was a good deal of kicking, my mother
whinnied to me to come to her...
a young male horse under the age of four
colts who live here are very good
colts, but they are cart-horse
colts, and of course they have not learned manners.
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
My mother always took him to the town on a market day in a light
go at a smooth three-beat gait, of horses
The oldest of the colts raised his head, pricked his ears, and said, “There are the hounds!” and immediately
cantered off, followed by the rest of us to the upper part of the field, where we could look over the hedge and see several fields beyond.
an English country landowner
I heard afterward that it was young George Gordon, the
squire's only son, a fine, tall young man, and the pride of his family.
a person who shoes horses
There was now riding off in all directions to the doctor's, to the
farrier's, and no doubt to Squire Gordon's, to let him know about his son.
Not many days after we heard the church-bell
tolling for a long time, and looking over the gate we saw a long, strange black coach that was covered with black cloth and was drawn by black horses; after that came another and another and another, and all were black, while the bell kept
headgear for a horse
It means to teach a horse to wear a saddle and
bridle, and to carry on his back a man, woman or child; to go just the way they wish, and to go quietly.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
I had of course long been used to a halter and a headstall, and to be led about in the fields and lanes quietly, but now I was to have a bit and bridle; my master gave me some oats as usual, and after a good deal of
coaxing he got the bit into my mouth, and the bridle fixed, but it was a nasty thing!
a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
Next came the saddle, but that was not half so bad; my master put it on my back very gently, while old Daniel held my head; he then made the
girths fast under my body, patting and talking to me all the time; then I had a few oats, then a little leading about; and this he did every day till I began to look for the oats and the saddle.
from what place, source, or cause
I was feeding quietly near the pales which separated the meadow from the railway, when I heard a strange sound at a distance, and before I knew
whence it came—with a rush and a clatter, and a puffing out of smoke—a long black train of something flew by, and was gone almost before I could draw my breath.
being in a tense state
Since then I have seen many horses much alarmed and
restive at the sight or sound of a steam engine; but thanks to my good master's care, I am as fearless at railway stations as in my own stable.
a common bird about the size and color of a crow
At this time I used to stand in the stable and my coat was brushed every day till it shone like a
As for Merrylegs, he and I soon became great friends; he was such a cheerful,
plucky, good-tempered little fellow that he was a favorite with every one, and especially with Miss Jessie and Flora, who used to ride him about in the orchard, and have fine games with him and their little dog Frisky.
marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
The cob was a strong, well-made, good-tempered horse, and we sometimes had a little chat in the paddock, but of course I could not be so
intimate with him as with Ginger, who stood in the same stable.
unpredictably excitable, especially of horses
Spirited horses, when not enough exercised, are often called
skittish, when it is only play; and some grooms will punish them, but our John did not; he knew it was only high spirits.
gradually deprive of mother's milk
I never had any one, horse or man, that was kind to me, or that I cared to please, for in the first place I was taken from my mother as soon as I was
weaned, and put with a lot of other young colts; none of them cared for me, and I cared for none of them.
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
I was high bred and had a great deal of spirit, and was very wild, no doubt, and gave them, I dare say, plenty of trouble, but then it was dreadful to be shut up in a stall day after day instead of having my liberty, and I fretted and
pined and wanted to get loose.
the side between ribs and hipbone
The time went on, and the sun was very hot; the flies swarmed round me and settled on my bleeding
flanks where the spurs had dug in.
a young female horse under the age of four
'Stand back,' said the master, 'and keep out of her way; you've done a bad day's work for this
the courage to carry on
'If a high-
mettled creature like this,' said he, 'can't be broken by fair means, she will never be good for anything.'
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Besides that, to have two bits instead of one—and mine was a sharp one, it hurt my tongue and my jaw, and the blood from my tongue colored the froth that kept flying from my lips as I
chafed and fretted at the bits and rein.
unfriendly and inclined toward anger or irritation
...when I was in the stable, miserable and angry, instead of being smoothed and quieted by kindness, I got only a
surly word or a blow.
a purging medicine
“Ay, ay, Jim, 'tis 'the Birtwick balls',” said John, “she'll be as good as Black Beauty by and by; kindness is all the
physic she wants, poor thing!”
a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
Mr. Blomefield, the
vicar, had a large family of boys and girls; sometimes they used to come and play with Miss Jessie and Flora.
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
rogue, mind how you behave yourself, or we shall get into trouble.”
disturb the peace of mind of
vex our people for anything; I love them, I do,” said Merrylegs, and he gave a low “ho, ho, ho!” through his nose, as he used to do in the morning when he heard James' footstep at the door.
a brief indulgence of your impulses
Why, sold off in a jiffy, and no character, and I might find myself slaved about under a butcher's boy, or worked to death at some seaside place where no one cared for me, except to find out how fast I could go, or be flogged along in some cart with three or four great men in it going out for a Sunday
spree, as I have often seen in the place I lived in before I came here...
Of course Ginger was very much excited; she flung up her head with flashing eyes and
distended nostrils, declaring that men were both brutes and blockheads.
filled with a great quantity
...sometimes, if mistress met a heavily
laden horse with his head strained up she would stop the carriage and get out, and reason with the driver in her sweet serious voice, and try to show him how foolish and cruel it was.
of a moderate reddish-brown color
I remember he was riding me toward home one morning when we saw a powerful man driving toward us in a light pony chaise, with a beautiful little
bay pony, with slender legs and a high-bred sensitive head and face.
disturb, especially by minor irritations
I love horses, and it
riles me to see them badly used; it is a bad plan to aggravate an animal till he uses his heels; the first time is not always the last.
something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
“Your master never taught you a truer thing,” said John; “there is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast it is all a
sham, James, and it won't stand when things come to be turned inside out.”
a uniform, especially worn by servants and chauffeurs
I can trust his word and I can trust his work; he is gentle and clever with the horses, and I would rather have them in charge with him than with half the young fellows I know of in laced hats and
comical in an odd or whimsical manner
“James, my lad, set down the oats and come here; I am very glad to find that John's opinion of your character agrees so exactly with my own. John is a cautious man,” he said, with a
an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
He would have eighteen
shillings a week at first, a stable suit, a driving suit, a bedroom over the coachhouse, and a boy under him.
a note appended to a letter after the signature
“Your word will go the furthest, John,” said the master, “for Sir Clifford adds in a
postscript, 'If I could find a man trained by your John I should like him better than any other;' so, James, lad, think it over, talk to your mother at dinner-time, and then let me know what you wish.”
a vehicle carrying many passengers
He was sure to go to the railway station just as the train was coming in, and cabs and carriages, carts and
omnibuses were all trying to get over the bridge together; that bridge wanted good horses and good drivers when the railway bell was ringing, for it was narrow, and there was a very sharp turn up to the station, where it would not have been at all difficult for people to run into each other, if they did not look sharp and keep their wits about them.
someone employed to ride horses in horse races
You see, I have been about horses ever since I was twelve years old, in hunting stables, and racing stables; and being small, ye see, I was
jockey for several years; but at the Goodwood, ye see, the turf was very slippery and my poor Larkspur got a fall, and I broke my knee, and so of course I was of no more use there.
a loud, harsh, or strident noise
On the other side the yard windows were thrown up, and people were shouting all sorts of things; but I kept my eye fixed on the stable door, where the smoke poured out thicker than ever, and I could see flashes of red light; presently I heard above all the stir and
din a loud, clear voice, which I knew was master's...
a dose of liquid medicine
One night John had to give me a
draught; Thomas Green came in to help him.
situated at or toward the front
There were the two horses straining and struggling with all their might to drag the cart out, but they could not move it; the sweat streamed from their legs and flanks, their sides heaved, and every muscle was strained, while the man, fiercely pulling at the head of the
fore horse, swore and lashed most brutally.
improperly forward or bold
“Mind your own business, you
impudent young rascal, and I'll mind mine!”
a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law
“Thank ye, my lad,” said the man, running in for his hat; then pausing for a moment, “Will you give evidence of what you saw if I should bring the fellow up before a
the act of employing
We heard afterward that he had given his evidence so clearly, and the horses were in such an exhausted state, bearing marks of such brutal
usage, that the carter was committed to take his trial, and might possibly be sentenced to two or three months in prison.