Phrases with "horses"

From the edge of the wood leading up the acclivity are the tracks of horses and wheels — the wheels of cannon. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Sir Walter Scott The mules may transport the litter, and we have led horses for the old man and his daughter. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

The news of this defection increased the discouragement at Antioch. All the useless horses of the army had been slain and eaten, and dogs, cats, and rats were sold at enormous prices. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edith Wharton He went under another archway and found himself among horses and mules. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Anthony Trollope One of the men’s horses was thoroughly broken down, and, as the Master said, wasn’t worth the saddle he carried. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

We mounted the hill on horseback as far as horses could go, but the principal part could only be performed on foot. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle I feel that the spectacle must have been superb when I dashed up to my comrades and pulled the horses on to their haunches in the moonlight. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Charles Stur Accordingly on the 24th we mounted our horses and rode towards the hills. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Arthur Conan Doyle This was an annual ceremony never omitted at Hatherley House, where, between visitors and neighbours, there were generally quite as many candidates for tickets as there were horses entered. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

They all stopped at Kingston for an early dinner, and it was growing towards dusk when the coach and six fresh horses started on the second stage of the journey. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Their horses were cropping the grass among the stones. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

George MacDonald Bones of men and horses lay scattered and heaped; grinding and crunching them under foot fought the skeletons. Lilith by George MacDonald

Mary Webb Very pleasant it was, but the horses are not —’ Here Edward cut in with a suggestion. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Francis Bacon He was carried in a rich chariot, without wheels, litter-wise, with two horses at either end, richly trapped in blue velvet embroidered; and two footmen on each side in the like attire. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Anthony Trollope In Canada the vehicles are much better got up than they are in England, and the horses too look better. North America by Anthony Trollope

His cows and horses died, and an manner of trouble overtook him, and finally he himself was led home, and left useless with “his head on his knees by the fire to the day of his death. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Florence Dixie Our horses were so tired that we could scarcely get them into a trot, and to our dismay we suddenly found it was getting dark. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Rudyard Kipling You should not have run out to see the horses and guns passing. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The horses toil sluggishly along the bridge, and heave their glistening sides in short quick pantings when the reins are tightened at the toll-house. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Samuel Johnson The horses are very small, but of a breed eminent for beauty. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Charles Stur It abounds in very many beautiful alluvial valleys, which, when I first crossed, had grass that rose above the horses middles as they walked through it, and looked luxuriant beyond description. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Arthur Conan Doyle However tired the horses might be, they were whipped up into a trot, when, after nightfall, they came near the wooden gate which led up to that ill-omened dwelling. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Wilkinson at last succeeded in making her way into the hall, and the horses were allowed to go round to the yard. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Richard Burton Upon this, our escort, 200 men, wheeled their horses round and galloped back to their barracks. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

William Makepeace Thackeray For instance, when Doublequits left the Fleet, he was received with open arms by his family, and had two-and-thirty horses in his stables before a week was over. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

White men and horses had been previously described to Dowie, who saw them for himself and he feared and hated them, yet dared not lift spear or boomerang to hurl at them. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Florence Dixie Several horses were picketed near, and a hound or two strolled lazily to and fro. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Edward Jenner Several horses belonging to the farm began to have sore heels, which Merret frequently attended. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

So for that night they slept on board, and next day made their camp, discharging the ships of burthen that were laden with the horses and stuff. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

H.G. Wells You shallow fool with your horses and dogs! To lift your face against any living thing! Learn! Learn! Learn!” Gotch began screaming for help. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Andrew Lang And at the end of four days a great company of ladies and slaves and horses went forth to escort the wife of Sultan Darai to her new home. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne The horses went on at a good pace through the thick PAJA-BRAVA, the grass of the Pampas, par excellence, so high and thick that the Indians find shelter in it from storms. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton The horses had been saddled none too soon. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Kenneth Grahame On the sands they had horses waiting, which dragged the casks up the steep street of the little town with a fine rush and clatter and scramble. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Our horses were going at a foot pace, and they walked side by side in such perfect step that neither of them was an inch ahead of the other. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Rudyard Kipling So we felt our way to the orange-trees where the horses were picketed and waited for the storm to blow over. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson Again, coming from Pradelles with his brother, they saw a great empty cart drawn by six enormous horses before them on the road. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Once out of the forest if the queen mother wants you she will have to run after you; and I trust that her Norman horses will not see even the hoofs of our Barbary steeds and our Spanish ponies. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens Never did chaise inclose, or horses draw, such a restless gentleman as he. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

On went the horses briskly, their breath steaming against the fresh air, and their hoofs sounding cheerily on the hard ground. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Andrew Lang The door was banged, and the horses whipped up into a gallop. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens But horses — n-no — too big, you know. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

John Lewis Burckhard Finding that it did not come up, I sat down under a tree, and was going to light a fire, when I heard the tread of horses advancing towards me. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Meanwhile, the five horses streamed slowly through the high lights and heavy shadows of a winding avenue of scrub. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

H. G. Wells Ugh-lomi squatted down and sat regarding the horses fixedly. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray On the coffin was the imperial crown, covered with violet velvet crape, and the whole vast machine was drawn by horses in superb housings, led by valets in the imperial livery. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

Anthony Trollope If he kept a couple of horses for the purpose he was well mounted, and these horses were available for other uses. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now Mark Robarts would have talked with him the whole way from Hogglestock to Framley Court; discoursing partly as to horses and land, but partly also as to higher things. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

The horses were waiting, all saddled, in the court-yard;—she coolly mounted hers, I leaped upon the other, and we set off. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Richard Hakluy Those which came with the horses in the canoes, being wearie with rowing night and day, lingered behind; and presently the Indians came vpon them, and they of the brigandines tarried for them. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Miles Franklin Before we had gone half our journey the horses knocked up. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling The native woman ran into the Serai among the horses and screamed and beat her breasts; for she had loved him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Willa Cather The horses had to slow down to a walk and the wheels sank deep into the sand, which now lay in long ridges, like waves, where the last high wind had drifted it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

D. H. Lawrence The horses stirred their flanks uneasily. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli He understands the only two subjects which interest me; horses and tobacco. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Bram Stoker The horses jumped about and reared, and looked helplessly round with eyes that rolled in a way painful to see. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edith Wharton Then he walked down the hill to the inn where the horses waited. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anthony Trollope She had looked to carriages and broughams—and horses also under Sir Henry’s protection—as though these things were dear to her soul. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

In an hour or two the horses were wading up to their knees in water, and we arrived at the pretty village of Guasco in a most comfortless condition. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Rudyard Kipling He played with my horses when he was a babe. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

He had had horses like Timber, and friends and family, and a belonging-place, and it had all meant nothing to him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He had changed horses several times since leaving London, and had accomplished a considerable distance within the five hours. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope A telegraph message makes such a fuss in the country, frightening people’s wives, and setting all the horses about the place galloping. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The horses are going at their usual pace, and the coachman and footman are sitting unmoved upon the box. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle A long ridge of horses and cavaliers in front of them showed how stern had been the attack and how fierce the resistance. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

There are a lot of evil-minded horses about the city, who seem to take a fiendish delight in letting fly their heels at whomsoever they catch in a godly reverie unconscious of their proximity. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

The area was protected by a smooth stone pavement, so polished, indeed, that it was with difficulty the horses could keep their legs. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Gregg took the horses over to Bures on Tuesday evening. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Meredith Then we sit our horses too heavy. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Henry James He was sure that she bought her horses without being cheated, and very few men could do that. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

If he had to meet a daily average call for twenty-four horses, then it might well happen that our draft upon him for eight horses at one pull would bankrupt him for a whole day. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Jules Verne The horses were spurred on to the utmost, and Thaouka led the way, bounding over the water as if it had been his natural element. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott The horses of both guests were brought forth; and they mounted, in order to depart in company. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Isabella Bird The horses are shod, as in Persia proper, with thin iron plates covering nearly the whole hoof, secured by six big-headed nails. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Isabella Bird This phrase “very dangerous,” as used in Armenia, means that there is a serious risk of having the baggage and horses driven off, and the men stripped to a single garment. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The manager of Mulfera said his horses had something else to do, and his neighbors backed him up with some discreet encouragement on their own account. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

A high jump is not so fine a sight as a running race when the horses have got half a mile away and look like a covey of swift birds, but it is still a fine sight. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

I’ve seen it done on a cinema film, of course, but there were always horses and lots of other accessories; besides, one never knows how much of those pictures are faked. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Rudyard Kipling And especially Mahbub.’ ‘Ay, Mahbub. And where is he?’ ‘Selling horses in this vi-cinity, of course. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton The horses were climbing a hill, and his attention had strayed from them. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Anthony Trollope And you are quite settled at Boxall Hill, are you?’ ‘Frank’s horses are settled; and the dogs nearly so,’ said Frank’s wife; ‘but I can’t boast much of anything else yet. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

They all went together round with the horses to the stables which were at the back of the garden. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Bram Stoker Then, far off in the distance, from the mountains on each side of us began a louder and a sharper howling, that of wolves, which affected both the horses and myself in the same way. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jane Austen Not that James ever complains; but it is right to spare our horses when we can. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Ford Madox Ford Gunning halted his horses at a little distance; the beast Sylvia rode was too ill-tempered to be approached. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The horses had broken into a gallop, the driver was leaning forward whip in hand. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Andrew Lang Then on he bounded, uttering such dreadful roars that the horses were frightened and grew unmanageable, and he easily outstripped them, and soon reached the gates of the palace. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I have loved weapons, horses, women: weapons to replace the muscles I had not; horses to serve as wings; women, so that I might possess in some one the beauty that I lacked myself. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

It was again a good betting race, with fourteen runners, and three horses were being almost equally favoured. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Wilkie Collins Report, pages XIX., XX. — Legal provision for the sale of horses and dogs. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Charles Stur Objects were still obscure as we approached the spot where our hopes rested, for our horses could hardly drag one foot after the other. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Guy de Maupassan There, straight before him in the distance, lay the Vaucotte valley, and between it and him stood a solitary shepherd’s hut, with two horses tied to the shafts. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London He became wider awake, and kept up the lumbering run to Canyon City. He found a man, with a team of horses and a wagon, who got out of bed and harnessed up for twenty dollars. Lost Face by Jack London

D. H. Lawrence She saw the fierce flanks crinkled and as yet inadequate, the great hoofs flashing bright as yet only brandished about her, and one by one the horses crashed by, intent, working themselves up. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

There is a handsome chapel and sacristy; a plaza de toros; hundreds of horses and mules; and between dependientes and hangers-on, we sat down, thirty or forty people, to dinner. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The horses of the knights perished on the road, and the baggage which they had aided to transport was either placed upon dogs, sheep, and swine, or abandoned altogether. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Oscar Wilde They harnessed their horses to the waggons and drove hastily away. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

No, I shall never be convinced that horses do not understand a man’s feelings almost as well as he does himself. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

So in the gray cold October dawn those two met at the wicket-gate, the coach and four horses standing ready a little way along the road. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Willa Cather The horses cautiously advanced a step or two, and munched with great content at ears they tore from the stalks with their teeth. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Isabella Bird The clothing of horses is an important matter. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

But the last twelve of them saw something which brought them off their horses and huddled them in the shelter of a coombe. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Rudyard Kipling They’ve got to go over the horses with their hands. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson S. and Fanny found three strange horses in the paddock: for long now the boys have been forbidden to leave their horses here one hour because our grass is over-grazed. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Stur That it was altogether impracticable for wheeled carriages of any kind, may readily be conceived from my description; and in the state in which I found it, horses were evidently unequal to the task. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Mrs. Frettlby was out driving, and the horses took fright and bolted. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Virginia Woolf Hastily putting the horses under cover, he sought shelter beneath the lintel of the door whence he could still observe the courtyard. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Rudyard Kipling Now a bed among brickbats and ballast-refuse on a damp night, between overcrowded horses and unwashed Baltis, would not appeal to many white boys; but Kim was utterly happy. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

They resolved themselves into a barouche, with four horses steaming a great deal, and an army of negresses with bandboxes on their heads. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry James In general Italians don’t, but my husband goes in, according to his poor light, for everything English. My horses are English — so it’s all the greater pity they should be ruined. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Two horses broke loose and fought, their combat being aggravated by thirst, “See!” cried the Moors to the merchants, “the Saint is angry with you for having wished to give his water to horses. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Willa Cather I’m going to start cutting wheat in the morning, and we’ll have to put the horses in your stable at noon. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Jack London A poor substitute for food was this hide, just as it had been stripped from the starved horses of the cattlemen six months back. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Thomas Hardy Bonaparte had been three years a-making his preparations; and to ferry these soldiers and cannon and horses across he had contrived a couple of thousand flat-bottomed boats. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells Not only did they maintain this, but they refused to let the horses be taken further. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

D’Artagnan and Planchet did not require twice bidding; they unfastened the two horses that were waiting at the door, leaped upon them, buried their spurs in their sides, and set off at full gallop. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Guy de Maupassant All the aristocracy of the plough were eating there at Mait’ Jourdain’s, the innkeeper’s, a dealer in horses also and a sharp fellow who had made a great deal of money in his day. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They heard the trampling of horses below and the sound of heavy knocking at the great front door. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Ten miles out of town, a space which we traversed in forty-four minutes, a second relay of horses was ready; but we carried on the same postilions throughout. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Charles Stur The horses however found a sufficiency to eat, and we were prevented the necessity of digging at this point, in consequence of the depth of the water. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The horses that had been her brother’s hobby had proved the salvation of his house. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

All the preparations for the rustic festival were duly made: and on the appointed morning a train of horses and carriages drew up in a line in the quadrangle of the castle. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

John Galsworthy A faint odour of glue from the heated horses clung in the thick air; the coachman and groom, rigid and unbending, exchanged stealthy murmurs on the box, without ever turning their heads. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

William Morris There while we slew all those that yielded not, came Arnald with the others, bringing our horses with them; then all the enemy threw their arms down. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Without warning or preparation, increment involving countless possibilities of further increment was coming to the strength of horses and men. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Richard Hakluy Some horses and men were wounded, but not to any hurt of their trauelling: for there was no wound that was dangerous. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

George Meredith The countess’s horses are accustomed to stand. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Miles Franklin Grannie made a rule that when we arrived late we had to unsaddle our horses ourselves, and not disturb the working men from their meal for our pleasure. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jules Verne The lines of the Ichim and the Irtych are now in our power; and the Turcoman horsemen can bathe their horses in the now Tartar waters. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In the Danish invasions, the marauders seized upon horses where they landed, and were at once converted into a body of expert cavalry. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The sound of the others’ horses had long died away down the hill when he began to tell me what he ought to have done. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

William Morris Therefore they knew that they had come to their winter house, and they rejoiced thereat, and without more ado they got off their horses and went into the cavern. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Borrow As it was my intention to return to Seville, I left my house and horses in charge of a friend in whom I could confide, and departed. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope She believed him to be addicted to hunting, and therefore horses must be provided for him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The horses had been taken away and sold. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe It happened, one stormy night, as they were preparing for rest, that they were alarmed by a trampling of horses near the abbey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Benjamin Disraeli In an instant the horses dashed round; beast and rider, blinded and stifled by the gushing rain, and gasping for breath. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Edith Wharton The horses were fresh enough to claim his undivided attention, and he drove in silence, his smooth fair profile turned to his companion, who sat silent also. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

They were not as fleet as the English horses of M. Fouquet, and consequently it took two hours to get to Saint–Mande. Their progress, it might be said, was majestic. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Borrow Are there not horses to chore? Yes, I trow there are, and better ones than in this land, and asses and mules. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edith Wharton Medford stooped and felt the horses knees and fetlocks. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

May your footsteps be fortunate, and your shadow never be less!’ And then saying, ’Bismillah! in the name of God!’ we were helped off our horses with all due respect. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Gustave Flauber Madame Aubain said that she would attend to it, and then gave orders to have the horses saddled. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Jules Verne It was twelve hours’ delay, but also twelve hours’ rest, and both horses and bullocks would be the better for the comfortable quarters they would find there. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Isabella Bird The people we have been among lately have no horses or mares, the men walk, and the loads are carried on cows and asses. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson We went by a track I had never before followed down the hill to Vaisigano, which flows here in a deep valley, and was unusually full, so that the horses trembled in the ford. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Florence Dixie As he dressed he saw the troupiglia of horses filing along to drink. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

A few yards onward she saw a confused knot of horses and of riders struggling one with another in a cloud of white dust, silvery and hazy in the radiance of the moon. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Thomas Love Peacock A distant trampling of horses was heard. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Jane Austen Her father’s business was to announce James’s being gone out to put the horses to, preparatory to their now daily drive to Randalls; and she had, therefore, an immediate excuse for disappearing. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Tobias Smolle An apothecary’s horses take fright, and run away with his chariot, which is heard of no more. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope What the deuce they do with their horses to knock them about so, I can’t understand. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Along its farther bank hundreds of horses were being watered, and beyond was a dense block of wagons. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Perhaps when Richard Arden, who is taking a walk by the ropes, and wants to see the horses which are showing, returns, she may have a little talk with him at the window. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

The horses ploughed their way through the deep snow. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Trollope No dealer in horses could get to the quartermaster except through Jim Neil, or some such go-between. North America by Anthony Trollope

We mounted our horses and arrived at the port. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Steele Rudd How I remember that old, screwed and twisted plough! The land was very hard, and the horses out of condition. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

I mean to start for Fairmile as soon as ever we can get a team of horses from the livery-yard. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Miles Franklin I knew nearly all the horses running. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

The horses quivered with the effort of making their way through the snow-drifts. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Some time before he had been made head of the remount establishment quartered outside the kingdom in our southern provinces, whence almost all the horses for the Polish cavalry were drawn. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Charles Stur After what I have said, the feelings with which, on the morning of the 8th, we unloosed our horses from the bushes, to which they had all night been fastened, will easily be imagined. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Guy de Maupassant She jumped into it at a bound, overwhelmed with anguish, and breathless with fear; so she called out to the coachman: “Home!” and the horses set off at a quick trot. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

H. Rider Haggard Or else the horses would be ordered out and they would wander over the lonely mountains in the interior of the island, talking of mummies and all things human, of Angela and all things divine. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray I used to be very kind to the young men; I chose their horses for them, and their wine: and showed them how to play billiards, or ecarte, of long mornings, when there was nothing better to do. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

T. E. Lawrence By nightfall the horses were laden, and the rich plain was scattered over with dead men and animals. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle And then on other roads we saw the teams of horses toiling and the dull gleam of the guns, and the men straining and swaying as they helped to turn the spokes in the deep, deep mud. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He was an extremely patient man, as his training of horses and dogs (for which, in the North, he was famous) showed. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Virginia Woolf I think of Jinny; of Rhoda; and hear the rattle of wheels on the pavement as the farm horses plod home; I hear traffic roaring in the evening wind. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Abraham Merri We milled among them — horses and men and wolves in a whirling, crimson-flecked ring. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Charles Dickens Drivers, both of horses and mules, had come in that evening after dark, and had reported nothing more difficult to be overcome than trials of patience, harness, wheels, axles, and whipcord. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Anthony Hope And we mounted our horses and have ridden here to tell the king. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Walter Scott He therefore intimated to Julian, by his assistant Ralph, that the horses stood saddled behind the Lodge, and that all was ready for their departure. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

It was on a bright sunny morning at the commencement of winter that we said farewell to Bourke. Our horses were far too fat after their long rest, and Flaxman and myself were but little better. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Joseph Furphy I brought my horses through the gate, and he met me outside the hut; his hands washed, and his shirt-sleeves buttoned. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The usual shout went up that the horses had started on their way. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Oliver Goldsmith The horses had at first refused to move from the door, till Mr Burchell was kind enough to beat them forward for about two hundred yards with his cudgel. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Rudyard Kipling The horses are in Davy jones’s locker. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson The horses shambled along the broad, hilly tracks of North Melbourne; warily picked their steps through the city itself. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton Thick thunder of the snorting swine, Enormous in the gloam, Rending among all roots that cling, And the wild horses whinnying, Were the night’s noises when the King Shouldering his harp, went home. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Leo Tolstoy All this, the very horses themselves, seemed to me stimulating and fascinating, full of suggestion. After the Dance by Leo Tolstoy

Whenever we let the horses go we had to pull up sharp for a digging party or a stretch of barbed wire. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Where the others leaped their horses easily over ditches and pales, he was compelled to make an ignominious circuit. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Miles Franklin Some of them were uncle’s; though he never raced horses himself, he kept some swift stock which he lent to his men for the occasion. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H. Rider Haggard Eric and Skallagrim tied their horses in a dell that is to the north of the stead and crept up to the house. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence Then they set off again, leading the horses still a little farther down the tiny stream-bed. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

There were few of them but had lost their accoutrements, or their baggage, or horses taken and appropriated by the victors. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Joseph Furphy Shortly afterward, my horses were equipped, and Cleopatra being in fine trim, was bucking furiously in the sand-bed where I had mounted. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope The best carriage horses are those which can most steadily hold back against the coach as it trundles down the hill. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The sun gleamed and the river rippled as ever, and there was nothing save the long litter of men and horses to mark the course of the hell blast which had broken so suddenly upon us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy As soon as ever the horses had been stabled and fed, and the pa’son and clerk had had a bit and a sup theirselves, they went to bed. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Henry Kingsley It took them nearly till dark to get their horses up; and, as there was no moon, and the way was getting perilous, they determined to camp, and start again in the morning. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Ann Radcliffe These they reached when the pursuers had almost overtaken them — but their horses were gone! Their only remaining chance of escape was to fly into the deep recesses of the rock. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Isabella Bird A few flocks of sheep on the mountains, and the mules and horses revelling knee-deep in the juicy grass, were the sole representatives of animated life. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Ford Madox Ford That was the summit of Cooper’s Common. In the stillness the hoofs of all those horses made a noise like that of desultorily approaching cavalry. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

W. H. Hudson In a few minutes the saddle was thrown off, the fore feet of the bell-mare fettered, and the horses allowed to wander away in quest of pasturage; then the two men turned into the kitchen. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Already she had begun to snort, as horses do when they are swimming, and I knew well that my companions would have to swim for it even though I myself might have got through. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Guy de Maupassan Two horses were tied to the shafts of the hut on wheels. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan