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THE CAVALRY HORSE.
WIHHO does not love horses? All boys and girls, I am
sure, from little baby who delights in watching the
"Gee-gees," as he calls them, to John and Mary, who ride on
their little Shetland ponies by papa's side. They will all like to
look at these pictures, and read about the horses they see in them.
This is a Cavalry Horse. "Cavalry" means soldiers who fight
on horseback. This horse belongs to a brave soldier, who fought
for us in India and in the Crimea. Look at its eye; how full
of courage it looks. It loves the sound of the trumpet, and
will keep in its place, and do all it ought to do at every
trumpet call, even if it has no rider. We were in India once
just before a great battle, and we saw what is called a review
on the great plains there. A review is like playing at war;
the soldiers go through all the movements that they would make
in a real battle. Well, there were a great many soldiers there,
and in riding very hard one of them was thrown off. The
horse had no rider, but he did everything the other horses did,
and was in his place all through the review. We know a horse
which was in a great many battles; he belongs to a friend of
ours who is a brave soldier. This horse went through the war
with Russia, and now, on grand occasions, he wears medals,
like the good soldier he is; and when the brave men who fought
in those wars had a dinner at the Alexandra Palace, Arab was
sent there for people to see. He quite knows that he is admired,
and tosses his head when you look at his medals. He is a bay
horse -that is, of a reddish-brown colour. The horse in the
picture is white, you see. It is very gentle, as all brave boys
and horses are.
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THE FARMER'S HORSE.
THIS is the Farmer's Horse Rufus. He carries his master
to market at a good pace every market day, and some-
times a little way after the hounds when there is a meet near
Dash, the dog by his side, is a great friend of his; they
are generally to be found together, and Rufus is also very fond
of the cat, which always sleeps in his manger; but when he
wishes to eat some oats, he takes her gently by the skin of the
neck and drops her into the next stall till he has had a good
feed. He is very glad to see her back again when he has had
Now I must tell you a story about a farmer's horse. The
farmer lived close by the New Forest-a great wood near the sea,
in Hampshire. Nearly five miles off, across the sea, is the Isle
of Wight. The farmer went one day to a town there, called
Newport, and bought a horse. He put it into a passage-boat
and took it across to his own farm, where it was turned into
one of his fields.. But next morning it was gone, and no one
had seen it; he looked everywhere for it, but could not find
it, so he thought it must have been stolen.
Soon after, the farmer had to go again to the Isle of Wight,
and he called on the man from whom he had bought the horse
to tell him of his loss. To his great surprise, the man said,
The horse is not lost; it came back to us the next day!
it swam across the water to its old home."
The animal had swum nearly five miles to return to his dear
master. Then his master gave the farmer back his money, and
said he could not send away such a faithful friend.
We think Rufus would do just the same if his master sold
him. Do not you ?
THE SHOOTING PONY.
yOU will see at once that this is a picture of a Shooting Pony.
His name is Jumper; and he is so tame and fond of his
master, that he will come at a call or whistle, and rub his head
against his master's shoulder, and push his nose into the pocket
of his shooting-jacket, to see if he can find a lump of sugar, of
which he is very fond, and which he often finds there.
He enjoys going out shooting as much as his master and
Rover do; and when he feels the keen fresh October air, he
tosses his mane and prances about; and when Rover runs and
jumps up at him; he puts down his nose in the most friendly way.
His master is very fond of Jumper-and, indeed, he well
may be,-for, once he had an accident with his gun, which went
off and shot him; and while he lay on the grass unable to move,
Jumper went off home as fast as he could, while Rover sat by
his poor young master to watch and take care of him.
When Mr. Grey's brother saw Jumper coming up the carriage
drive very fast without his rider, he guessed something had hap-
pened; so he jumped on the pony's back, and laid the rein on
his neck, and Jumper took him at once to the place where his
master lay. Was not that good of him? And I must tell you
also-it is quite true-that Jumper opened the latch of the gate
into the grounds himself, as he often did if he found it shut.
It was very lucky for Arthur Grey that he had such a clever
pony; for the place where his gun went off was very lonely, and
he might have lain there for hours without being found.
But, then, Arthur had been very kind to him. He never
spurred him, or whipped him hard, or made him play Polo; and
he talked to him, and petted him, so Jumper loved him, as all
things will love us if we are kind to them.
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THE POSTMAN'S HORSE.
-'HIS is the Postman's Horse. In London, postmen walk;
they do not want horses, but in country places where the
houses are a great way apart, and the postman has to go down
long lanes and over moors for many miles, he must of course
ride. He goes to many scattered villages and to country houses,
and cottages far from the wayside.
The squire sends a leather bag for his letters, of which he
keeps one key, and the post-office has another. The post-office
people put in his letters and lock them up, and they cannot
be taken out again till the squire unlocks the bag himself.
The postman has his own bags also, and he carries back the
squire's with the letters to go by next post.
The postman, you see in the picture, is gone into the ser-
vants' hall for a glass of ale, and has left the letter-bags on the
steps. But they are quite safe, for Punch, his dog, is taking
care of them; and we do not think that the horse would let
any one come near them, if Punch warned him by barking-
he would kick out at once. The Postman's Horse is named
Jock; for the postman is a Scotchman, and Jock is much the
same name in Scotland that John is with us.
Jock is a faithful animal and loves his master. Every one
who lives in that part of the country is glad to see Jock, who
carries (we hope) good news on his back: letters from little
boys at school to papa and mamma, and some from grown-up
sons and daughters far away, to their dear parents. Ah! Jock
does not know that he carries both sorrow and joy on his back.
At Christmas he will be sure to bring pleasant letters-to
say that the boys are coming home for the holidays; and, we
hope, bringing a good report from their masters; then I am sure
mamma will be glad to see the Postman's Horse.
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THE DRAY HORSE.
T HE Dray Horse, Dobbin, is a very strong animal; as,
indeed, he ought to be, for he and his companions have
to pull a great weight casks of beer are very heavy, you know.
We think he looks tired now; he has just been taken out of
the shafts. Look how still he stands. But, perhaps, he is
afraid of treading on the ducks ; for horses are very kind
animals generally, and are careful not to hurt anything. In this
they set a good example to children.
The Dray Horse, poor fellow, does a great deal of hard
work very patiently, and is grateful for a good feed when his
work is done. Vlan would sadly miss this useful animal, which
helps him so much in his work, if horses were to die off.
The ducks, standing safely by Dobbin's great hoofs, put me
in mind of a story about a horse, which Gilbert White tells us
in a pretty book he wrote.
A horse and a hen lived together in an orchard, where they
saw no animal but each other, except the birds. The fowl
would go up to the horse with a friendly cackle, and rub itself
gently against his legs; while the horse would look down at
it as if he were pleased, and would move with the greatest care
so that he might not tread on his little friend.
Horses also become much attached to each other. There
is a story told of two cavalry horses in the old French war,
one of which was shot in battle. The horse accustomed to
fight by his side, would not eat-was always turning his head
as if looking for his companion-pined away and died.
This Dray Horse is very fond of the animal that is put next
to him; and they work much better together, than when they
are used apart. It is pleasant to know that so much affection
is shown by animals.
THE BROUGHAM HORSE.
"pRINCE, our Brougham Horse, is a very handsome animal,
and is much admired when he trots in the park. He is
very good-natured, and is great friends with Trim, our dog. I
must tell you a story about them.
Trim once, running in a thicket, caught his foot in a snare
set for rabbits. After a great deal of pulling he broke the snare,
but a great piece of wire remained on his leg, and he could only
limp along on three paws. In a paddock close by Prince was
feeding. Trim ran up to him and barked. Prince put down his
head to the dog, who licked his face, and then held up his hind
leg with a pitiful whine. Prince instantly tried to take off the wire
with his teeth quite understanding, you see, what his friend
meant-but the poor horse could not get it off. Luckily, the
groom came up-wondering what the horse and dog were doing
-and took off the wire; but, you see, Prince kindly did the
best he could.
Horses feed on corn and hay, beans, and white peas, and
clover, &c., &c.; but they are all better for a feed in a fresh green
When the horse dies, his skin makes leather; and every
part of him is of use.
The horse is found all over the world, and is a good friend
to man. We ought always to treat him kindly.
This story is taken from "Jesse's Gleanings."
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