The Griffin's Aide-de-camp by Blunt SpursThe Griffin's Aide-de-camp by Blunt Spurs

The Griffin's Aide-de-camp

byBlunt Spurs

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1860 Excerpt: ... THE GRIFFINS AID-DE-CAMP. PAET I. PURCHASING FROM THE STABLES, Etc. THE CASTE. High Caste, or thorough blood, of course is the first thing to be observed in selecting an Arab for the turf, for without good caste it is all labour in vain; but as there are different breeds, each possessing high caste, it is sometimes difficult to decide which is the better bred out of three or four that happen also to be all well built; therefore, when it is an option between two of equally supposed good caste, do not hesitate, when buying for the turf, to choose that one shining most in running points in preference to the finer or handsomer horse; and these points are not so universally known, and very seldom remembered, if known, when in the act of purchasing. Be quite certain first, that you really are inspecting an Arab, for there are many that are taken to be of good caste that never saw Arabia, nor sprang from Arab stock; and though the speed which some few of these have occasionally shown, is proof that they must, by either sire or dam, have inherited good blood of some country, still, they are not to be trusted like the "genuine Arab, whose pure "descent and unsullied pedigree is generally graced with a shape that rarely or never deceives. There is a beautiful symmetry and harmony of proportion running through all the frame; a superb quarter, with a high set on, well-carried tail; a softness and thinness of skin; a brilliancy of eye, and an elegant contour of head; qualities that mark the true blood, and which never exist in the numerous spurious brutes that so abound in the stables. "While these handsome points may be relied on as a sure criterion of caste, there are many that have good caste without showing it externally: these can only be proved on the day of runni...
Title:The Griffin's Aide-de-campFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217893260

ISBN - 13:9780217893268