A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on Horses and on the Moral Duties of Man Towards the Brute Creation

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Symonds, 1802 - 572 pages
 

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Page i - breath ; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast: All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Page 40 - on the geometrical proportions of the famous racer Eclipfe. The reader may, if he pleafe, fmile, and quote the father of burlefque poefy— As whip'd tops, and bandied balls, The learned hold, are animals ; So Horfes they affirm to be, Mere engines made by geometry. But he will ftill find that the animal
Page 115 - that brute creatures are not yet in the contemplation of any people, reckoned within the fcheme of general juftice; that they reap only the benefit of a partial, and inefficacious kind of compaffion. Yet it is eafy to prove, by analogies drawn from our own, that they alfo, have fouls; and perfectly
Page 171 - analogy. The ignorant and brutal mind is too prone to tyranny, and meafures of barbarous and favage coercion. You'll fee a man of this fort, to whom the management of horfes is committed, everlaftingly intent upon glutting his vindictive difpofition, for every fault, real or fuppofed, which the poor animals may chance to commit: whereas
Page 114 - is, the invariable cuftom of the bulk of mankind, not even excepting legiflators, both religious and civil, to look upon brutes as mere machines; animated yet without fouls; endowed with feelings, but utterly devoid of rights; and placed without the pale of juftice. From thefe fuppofed
Page 115 - from the fpark which animates the moft minute mortal exiguity, up to the fum of infinite intelligence, or the general foul of the univerfe. By a recurrence to principles, it will appear, that life, intelligence, and feeling,
Page 282 - Our bridles, at prefent, are either CURBS, double and fingle, or SNAFFLES, either fingle, or accompanied with a CHECK-CORD and rein; the reins either brown or black leather, quite plain, the headftall without a nofe-band, or any ornament of ribband in front. The Curb-chain, and its application, is well known. The double-bridle has two bits,
Page 110 - inclining to a certain degree, not too long, but large in proportion to their length; the coronary rings not thick, or fwelled, but clean, dry, and hairy; the feet neither too high, nor too flat, and of fize apparently a fufficient bafe for the weight they have to fuftain; hoofs of colour dark and
Page 109 - be ftraight from the cheft, and by no means convex, or bellying out: The SHOULDERS capacious, and of large extent, fo as to appear the moft confpicuous part of the body, but without being loaded with flefh; they fhould reach fairly to the top of the withers, which muft be well raifed; the

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