D'Artagnan, freely applying his spurs
, was in advance of Porthos two feet at the most; Musqueton followed two lengths behind; the guards were scattered according to the varying excellence of their respective mounts.
I guess the way to fix you is to keep the spur just a-touching--ah!
For, the moment the spur touched him, his left hind leg had reached forward in a kick that struck the stirrup a smart blow.
"When I've built that there reservoir on Devil's Spur, and bring the water over the ridge from Union Ditch, there'll be enough to spare for that."
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
The heavy black horse, sixteen hands high, shied, throwing back its ears; but the pockmarked Guardsman drove his huge spurs
in violently, and the horse, flourishing its tail and extending its neck, galloped on yet faster.
The trumpets sounded as he spoke the spears of the champions were at once lowered and placed in the rests the spurs
were dashed into the flanks of the horses, and the two foremost ranks of either party rushed upon each other in full gallop, and met in the middle of the lists with a shock, the sound of which was heard at a mile's distance.
Stooping down, he loosened the stirrup-straps, bound his knees tightly to his saddle-flaps, twisted his hands in the bridle, and then, putting the gallant horse's head for the mountain path, he dashed the spurs
in and fell forward fainting with his face buried in the coarse, black mane.
Hanson grinned, for he recalled the pounding heels that he had seen driving sharp spurs
into the flanks of Baynes' mount; but he said nothing of what he had seen.
For these feats of horsemanship two things are necessary: a most severe bit, like the Mameluke, the power of which, though seldom used, the horse knows full well; and large blunt spurs
, that can be applied either as a mere touch, or as an instrument of extreme pain.
He thus addressed put spurs
to his horse, and rode at a rapid gallop after the outlaw's troop.
They will say that I am growing old, - they will say I have received a million to allow Fouquet to escape!" And he again dug his spurs
into the sides of his horse: he had ridden astonishingly fast.