When a saddle was thrown on our saddle horses they demonstrated their intelligence. Before the cinch could be applied the horse would begin to swell, so that the cinch would scarcely go around. It was hard work overcoming that swell. One pulled on the cinch with all one_s might. One unbalanced the horse a trifle and he thrusts out the forefoot on that side and comes down on your toes, perhaps your bare toes. Smothering angels!! Is there any agony to equal that? The weight of a horse. And can you with all your screams make the horse move? Not a particle _ he stands firm as the Rock of Ages and as long. And then you strike him an awful thump in the belly and he jumps and releases you to a continued pain that is intolerable. One learned in time to keep his toes out of the way of a saddle horses feet.
-Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting, Draught and Harness. By Francis Dwyer. (London.)
-A Quarter Horse. Cf. Col. Ranger, vol. 11, no. 37 (8-9-40).
No small boy likes water in, around or near his ears. Neither does a mule. If a mule gets water in his ears he will drown._ _ This last sentence is a statement made by Mrs. Morton of Dyerville, Humboldt Co. in Aug. 1932. As to the small boy_s aversion to water about his ears I can myself testify. This washing of one_s ears by one_s elders. I regarded as little less than a studied outrage, an assault upon ones independence, a striking at the very roots of the most cherished liberties of a boy. _ Aug. 19, 1932.
-Did the Romans discuss the Mule? Cato? Pliny?
-cf. verse skit p. 35 poetry scrap book.
-cf. Jos. LeConte, Autobiography, p. 283-4.
-See indices to volumes of _Men and Manners._
-Magner, D. Standard Horse and Stock Book. Battle Creek, Mich. 1889. The Mule, p. 263.
-Geo. Washington is said by some