The Horse of America in His Derivation, History, and Development Volume 3

The Horse of America in His Derivation, History, and Development Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...made that he gave the impression of being larger than he really was. He was of that order that has been paradoxically described as "a big' little horse." In color he was a very dark brown, and his flanks and muzzle shaded into a deep tan, or wine color. From a detailed description of him published in the Spirit of the Times in 1862, I extract the following: " He is about 15.1, but all horse.... His traveling gear is just what it should be--muscular shoulders long strong arms, flat legs, splendid quarters, great length from hip to hock, and very fine back sinews. He stand higher behmd than he does forward, a formation we like.... He is very wide between the jaws.... His coat is fine and glows like the rich dark tints of polished rosewood.... His temper is kind. We had the pleasure of seeing him at his work, and unless we are greatly mistaken he will make an amazingly good one. He has a long and easy way of going, striking well out behind and tucking his haunches well under him." Though from the fact that this writer stated that Wilkes "was as handsome as Ethan Allen," we might suspect him of a tendency to "paint the lily," it will be noted that this was written before the horse had any great reputation to speak of, and it may be accepted as a substantially correct description as far as it goes. In describing his action Charles J. Foster wrote that "his hind leg when straightened out in action as he went at his best pace re minded me of that of a duck swimming." He was then the prop erty of Z. E. Simmons, who had purchased him as a three-yearold for 83,000, and another horse. George Wilkes, or Robert Fillingham, as he was first named, was a trotter from colthood. At four years...show more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951263
  • 9781236951267