Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse used on an Australian station in driving, mustering, cutting out, and similar work.
“And he raced his stock-horse past them, and he made the ranges ring”
“And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.”
“Cutting competitions — in which horses and riders are judged on their cattle-handling skills — involve quarter horses or other stock-horse breeds.”
“So sudden was the attack that the stock-horse had barely time to spring aside; but, quick as it was, Considine's revolver was quicker.”
“Ah!" faltered the inquirer, "then no doubt you had a real ringin 'good stock-horse that could take you through a scrub like that full-split in the dark, and not hit you against anything.”
“Then the cattle began to get winded, and I dug into the old stock-horse with the spurs, and got in front, and began to crack the whip and sing out, so as to steady them a little; after awhile they dropped slower and slower, and I kept the whip going.”
“Dowered with the poet's heart, he must yet have passed his 'wander-jaehre' amid the stern solitude of the Austral waste -- must have ridden the race in the back-block township, guided the reckless stock-horse adown the mountain spur, and followed the night-long moving, spectral-seeming herd 'in the droving days'.”
“But Beeswing was a bred stock-horse, she knew the game and loved it.”
“Jack's fame as a stock-horse, as well as a pack-horse, stood high in the Malvern”
“It seemed so horrid to have to dress and go out in such a downpour of rain, that we weakly deliberated on the expediency of letting the cunning old stock-horse remain; but fortunately, at that moment he began to scratch his ear with his hind foot, waking up a thousand echoes against the side of the house as he did so, and making the pictures dance again on the canvas and paper walls.”
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