Some shady trees leaned over
it 1 , and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end .
Over the hedge on one side
we 3 looked into
a plowed field 4 , and on the other
we 3 looked over a gate at
; at the top of
’s house , which stood by the roadside 5
the meadow 1 was
a grove of fir trees 6 , and at the bottom
a running brook overhung by a steep bank 7 .
I 0 was young
I 0 lived upon ’s milk , as
I 0 could not eat grass .
In the daytime
I 0 ran by
her 8 side , and at night
I 0 lay down close by
her 8 .
When it was hot
we 9 used to stand by
the pond 2 in the shade of the trees , and when it was cold
we 9 had
a nice warm shed near
the grove 6 10
As soon as
I 0 was old enough to eat grass used to go out to work in the daytime , and come back in the evening .
six young colts 11 in
the meadow 1 besides
me 0 ;
they 11 were older than
I 0 was ; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses .
I 0 used to run with
them 11 , and had great fun ;
we 12 used to gallop all together round and round
the field 4 as hard as
we 12 could go .
we 12 had rather rough play , for
they 11 would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop .
One day , when there was a good deal of kicking , whinnied to
me 0 to come to
her 8 , and then
she 8 said : “
I 8 wish
you 0 to pay attention to what
I 8 am going to say to
you 0 .
The colts who live here 11 are
very good colts 71 , but
they 11 are
cart-horse colts 72 , and of course
they 11 have not learned manners .
You 0 have been well-bred and well-born ; has a great name in these parts , and won the cup two years at the
Newmarket 15 races ; had the sweetest temper of
ever knew 17
I 8 think
you 0 have never seen
me 8 kick or bite .
I 8 hope
you 0 will grow up gentle and good , and never learn bad ways ; do
your 0 work with a good will , lift
your 0 feet up well when
you 0 trot , and never bite or kick even in play . ”
I 0 have never forgotten ’s advice ;
I 0 knew
she 8 was
a wise old horse 73 , and thought a great deal of
her 8 .
Her 8 name was
Duchess 8 , but
he 18 often called
Pet 8 .
a good , kind man 66 .
He 18 gave
us 3 good food , good lodging , and kind words ;
he 18 spoke as kindly to
us 3 as
he 18 did to
little children 19
We 3 were all fond of
him 18 , and loved
him 18 very much .
she 8 saw
him 18 at the gate
she 8 would neigh with joy , and trot up to
him 18 .
He 18 would pat and stroke
her 8 and say , “ Well ,
old Pet 18 , and how is ? ”
I 0 was a dull black , so
he 18 called
Darkie 0 ; then
he 18 would give
me 0 a piece of bread , which was very good , and sometimes
he 18 brought a carrot for .
All the horses 3 would come to
him 18 , but
I 0 think
we 9 were .
him 18 to
the town 20 on a market day in a light gig .
a plowboy 21 ,
Dick 75 , who sometimes came into
our 3 field to pluck blackberries from the hedge .
he 21 had eaten all
he 21 wanted
he 21 would have what
he 21 called fun with
the colts 11 , throwing stones and sticks at
them 11 to make
them 11 gallop .
We 3 did not much mind
him 21 , for
we 3 could gallop off ; but sometimes a stone would hit and hurt
us 3 .
he 21 was at this game , and did not know that
the master 18 was in
the next field 22 ; but
he 18 was
there 22 , watching what was going on ; over the hedge
he 18 jumped in a snap , and catching
Dick 21 by the arm ,
he 18 gave
him 21 such a box on the ear as made
him 21 roar with the pain and surprise .
As soon as
we 3 saw
the master 18
we 3 trotted up nearer to see what went on .
Bad boy 21 ! ”
he 18 said , “
bad boy 21 !
the colts 11 .
This is not the first time , nor the second , but it shall be the last .
There -- take
your 21 money and go
home 23 ;
I 18 shall not want
you 21 on again . ”
we 3 never saw
Dick 21 any more .
Old Daniel 25 ,
, was just as gentle as , so
the man who looked after
the horses 3 67
we 3 were well off .
02 The Hunt Before
I 0 was two years old a circumstance happened which
I 0 have never forgotten .
It was early in the spring ; there had been a little frost in the night , and a light mist still hung over
the woods 26 and
meadows 27 .
I 0 and
the other colts 11 were feeding at the lower part of
the field 4 when
we 12 heard , quite in the distance , what sounded like the cry of dogs .
The oldest of
the colts 11 28
his 28 head , pricked
his 28 ears , and said , “ There are the hounds ! ” and immediately cantered off , followed by the rest of
us 29 to the upper part of the field , where
we 12 could look over the hedge and see
several fields beyond 30 .
were also standing near , and seemed to know all about it .
an old riding horse of
They 32 have found a hare , ” said , “ and if
they 32 come this way
we 3 shall see the hunt . ”
And soon the dogs were all tearing down the
field of young wheat 41 next to ours .
I 0 never heard such a noise as
they 32 made .
They 32 did not bark , nor howl , nor whine , but kept on a “ yo !
yo , o , o !
yo , o , o ! ” at the top of
their 32 voices .
them 32 came
a number of men on horseback 33 , in green coats , all galloping as fast as
they 33 could .
The old horse 31 snorted and looked eagerly after
them 33 , and wanted to be galloping with
them 33 , but
they 33 were soon away into
the fields lower down 35 ;
here 35 it seemed as if
they 33 had come to a stand ; the dogs left off barking , and ran about every way with
their 32 noses to the ground .
They 32 have lost the scent , ” said
the old horse 31 ; “ perhaps the hare will get off . ”
“ What hare ? ”
I 0 said .
“ Oh !
I 31 do n’t know what hare ; likely enough it may be one of
our 36 own hares out of
the woods 26 ; any hare
they 33 can find will do for the dogs and
men 37 to run after ; ” and before long the dogs began
their 32 “ yo !
yo , o , o ! ” again , and back
they 32 came altogether at full speed , making straight for at the part where the high bank and hedge overhang
the brook 7 .
we 3 shall see the hare , ” said ; and just then a hare wild with fright rushed by and made for
the woods 26 .
On came the dogs ;
they 32 burst over the bank , leaped
the stream 38 , and came dashing across
the field 4 followed by
the huntsmen 33 .
Six or eight men 39 leaped
their 39 horses clean over , close upon the dogs .
The hare tried to get through the fence ; it was too thick , and
she 40 turned sharp round to make for
the road 42 , but it was too late ; the dogs were upon
her 40 with
their 32 wild cries ;
we 3 heard one shriek , and that was the end of
her 40 .
rode up and whipped off the dogs , who would soon have torn
the huntsmen 33 43
her 40 to pieces .
He 43 held
her 40 up by the leg torn and bleeding , and
all the gentlemen 33 seemed well pleased .
me 0 ,
I 0 was so astonished that
I 0 did not at first see what was going on by
the brook 7 ; but when
I 0 did look there was a sad sight ;
two fine horses 44 were down , one was struggling in
the stream 38 , and the other was groaning on
the grass 45 .
was getting out of
the water 48 covered with mud , the other lay quite still .
His 49 neck is broke , ” said .
“ And serve
him 49 right , too , ” said .
I 0 thought the same , but did not join with
us 51 .
“ Well , no , ”
she 8 said , “
you 50 must not say that ; but though
I 8 am
an old horse 76 , and have seen and heard a great deal ,
I 8 never yet could make out why
men 52 are so fond of this sport ;
they 52 often hurt
themselves 52 , often spoil
good horses 53 , and tear up
the fields 54 , and all for a hare or a fox , or a stag , that
they 52 could get more easily some other way ; but
we 3 are only
horses 55 , and do n’t know . ”
While was saying this
we 3 stood and looked on .
the riders 47 had gone to
the young man 49 ; but
, was the first to raise
master , who had been watching what was going on 18
him 49 .
His 49 head fell back and
his 49 arms hung down , and
every one 56 looked very serious .
There was no noise now ; even the dogs were quiet , and seemed to know that something was wrong .
They 33 carried
him 49 to .
I 0 heard afterward that it was
young George Gordon 49 ,
the squire 57
’s only son 68
a fine , tall young man 77 , and .
There was now riding off in all directions to , to , and no doubt to , to let
him 57 know about .
Mr. Bond 61 ,
the farrier 69 , came to look at
the black horse that lay groaning on the grass 64 ,
he 61 felt
him 64 all over , and shook
his 61 head ; one of
his 64 legs was broken .
some one 65 ran to and came back with a gun ; presently there was a loud bang and a dreadful shriek , and then all was still ;
the black horse 64 moved no more .
seemed much troubled ;
she 8 said
she 8 had known
that horse 64 for years , and that
his 64 name was
“ Rob Roy ” 64 ;
he 64 was
a good horse 79 , and there was no vice in
him 64 .
She 8 never would go to that part of
the field 4 afterward .