But I had no time to pursue these reflections; for the gray horse came to the door, and made me a sign to follow him into the third room where I saw a very comely mare
, together with a colt and foal, sitting on their haunches upon mats of straw, not unartfully made, and perfectly neat and clean.
They went side by side for about as far as a young man can hurl a disc from his shoulder when he is trying his strength, and then Menelaus's mares
drew behind, for he left off driving for fear the horses should foul one another and upset the chariots; thus, while pressing on in quest of victory, they might both come headlong to the ground.
At an estancia near Las Vacas large numbers of mares
are weekly slaughtered for the sake of their hides, although worth only five paper dollars, or about half a crown apiece.
Besides, I can't afford brood mares
in my business.
During the last few days he had not ridden her out for exercise himself, but had put her in the charge of the trainer, and so now he positively did not know in what condition his mare
had arrived yesterday and was today.
He refuses to ride my mare
because she was a little fractious yesterday.
My brother's expenses have been higher, as well, and I was driven to the conclusion that since I could not afford both, I'd better let the mare
go and keep the brother.
On the following morning he led the mare
and foal to the fields as usual, but bound a cord round them both which he kept in his hand.
With the cry of "now," the mare
tugged with all her might, but far from galloping, could scarcely move forward; she struggled with her legs, gasping and shrinking from the blows of the three whips which were showered upon her like hail.
With this, the mare
pulled alongside and began gradually to pass the girl.
The tearing of the cruel barb into her side brought a sudden scream of pain and fright from the mare
, and then they both wheeled and broke for safety; but Tarzan of the Apes, for a distance of a few yards, could equal the speed of even these, and the first stride of the mare
found her overhauled, with a savage beast at her shoulder.
The pedlar drove a smart little mare
, and was a young man of excellent character, keen at a bargain, but none the worse liked by the Yankees; who, as I have heard them say, would rather be shaved with a sharp razor than a dull one.