Denisov's horse swerved aside to avoid a pool in the track and bumped his rider
's knee against a tree.
On one side of the saddle hung a short battle-axe, richly inlaid with Damascene carving; on the other the rider
's plumed head-piece and hood of mail, with a long two-handed sword, used by the chivalry of the period.
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider
as much as his rider
tried him out.
A heap of corpses both of riders
and horses lay round the mountain, and many dying men lay groaning there unable to go any farther with their wounded limbs.
It is not, however, for some weeks that the animal is ridden with the iron bit and solid ring, for it must learn to associate the will of its rider
with the feel of the rein, before the most powerful bridle can be of any service.
Several of the riders
were in front and several behind, when suddenly Vronsky heard the sound of a horse galloping in the mud behind him, and he was overtaken by Mahotin on his white-legged, lop-eared Gladiator.
They are fearless riders
; and their daring feats upon unbroken colts and wild horses, astonished our trappers; though accustomed to the bold riders
of the prairies.
Upon which Western, who had been much alarmed by meeting his daughter's horse without its rider
, and was now overjoyed to find her unhurt, cried out, "I am glad it is no worse.
Raoul continued his way and was visibly gaining ground; but the horse and its rider
, of whom he did not lose sight, were evidently sinking.
The acquaintance with her rider
's usual mode of proceeding, which suggested this improvement in hers, impelled her likewise to turn up a bye-way, leading--not to London, but through lanes running parallel with the road they had come, and passing within a few hundred yards of the Maypole, which led finally to an inclosure surrounding a large, old, red-brick mansion--the same of which mention was made as the Warren in the first chapter of this history.
I leaped to my feet and hailed the riders
. They were pulling up, at any rate, horrified at the accident; and I soon saw what they were.
The Indian horses, too, appear to have an attachment to their wild riders
, and indeed, it is said that the horses of the prairies readily distinguish an Indian from a white man by the smell, and give a preference to the former.