Geoffery Gambado

Geoffery Gambado

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Excerpt: ...cramp in his muscles to hold the reins in his hands?" "There you puzzle me. I confess, I should very soon give up riding such a horse altogether. But," said the Doctor, looking at his watch, "if you do not mind walking with me as far as Tattsall's, I think John could give you better advice upon this head than I can. Come, it is worth the trouble." "With all my heart: I esteem it a favour. My groom shall lead the horse to his stables, and we will walk on after him." The Doctor and his noble patient were soon in John Tattsall's yard. "John, I have brought Lord Rosier to you, to learn a lesson. He is in a fix about a horse he bought of you, which he approves in every other respect but that of slipping his girth; can you tell the gentleman how to prevent it?" "To be sure I can, Doctor, if the gentleman will only condescend to give me a little attention. I will mount the horse myself, and show him how I prevent the horse from slipping his girths." He did so; and when he gave up the horse, he said, "There, sir, observe what I have done. "Stick your feet, my Lord, home in the stirrups, press all your weight thereupon, and so push the saddle forward. If the horse bores upon your arms, bore him well with your legs the moment he lifts his head; the saddle, if it has slipped, will immediately regain its position. And when he bores his head down again, you have nothing to do but to repeat the boring him in his sides; and as the horse suits your Lordship so well, this will only form a little agreeable variety of exercise for the benefit of your Lordship's health; which I am heartily glad to find so greatly improved." "Thank you, John; thank you, it will do, it will do!" 'Tis a bore, a horse to ride, Slipping girths from side to side; 'Tis a bore with many pains, For a man to lose the reins. Keep your seat, and keep command, And hold your bridle well in hand: Fast and firm the steed will go. And slips and slides you'll never know. CHAPTER VIII. How to ride...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236726944
  • 9781236726940