When the pasture is tolerably long, the niata cattle feed with the tongue and palate as well as common cattle; but during the great droughts, when so many animals perish, the niata breed is under a great disadvantage, and would be exterminated if not attended to; for the common cattle, like horses, are able just to keep alive, by browsing with their lips on twigs of trees and reeds; this the niatas cannot so well do, as their lips do not join, and hence they are found to perish before the common cattle.
They were curious about the price and condition of horses and cattle in England.
Rostov stopped his horse for a moment on a hillock to see what was going on, but strain his attention as he would he could not understand or make out anything of what was happening: there in the smoke men of some sort were moving about, in front and behind moved lines of troops; but why, whither, and who they were, it was impossible to make out.
The last of the Horse Guards, a huge pockmarked fellow, frowned angrily on seeing Rostov before him, with whom he would inevitably collide.
First they brought him a steaming bowl of soup, which the horse
eyed in dismay.
In the other end were two big knots that resembled eyes, and a place had been chopped away that might easily be mistaken for the horse
Their lodges were scattered in every direction, and their horses
covered every hill for a great distance round, grazing upon the upland bunch grass which grew in great abundance, and though dry, retained its nutritious properties instead of losing them like other grasses in the autumn.
"I consider," said Sir Oliver, "that blinkers are dangerous things in the night; we horses
can see much better in the dark than men can, and many an accident would never have happened if horses
might have had the full use of their eyes.
At the end of another two hours the horses
had gone twelve leagues without stopping; their legs began to tremble, and the foam they shed whitened the doublets of their masters.
Anecdotes of the Crow Indians.- Notorious Horse
Stealers.- Some Account of Rose.- A Desperado of the Frontier.
"Oh, but," thought D'Artagnan, becoming very anxious, "that is not a common horse
One peasant was whacking the snow-covered croup of their little horse
with a long switch, and the other two sitting in front waved their arms and shouted something.
When his father had gone, a robber passed by and saw the horse
grazing without any one watching it, for of course he could not see the Hazel-nut child hidden in the grass.
This advice pleased the lion, so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse
. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free.
It was a curious little green box on four wheels, with a low place like a wine-bin for two behind, and an elevated perch for one in front, drawn by an immense brown horse
, displaying great symmetry of bone.