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- n. Plural form of buckjumper.
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Many of the horses supplied by Government were very wild and sometimes behaved like professional buckjumpers; and it is no easy task to control the eccentric and unexpected gyrations of such a beast when the rider is encumbered with the management of a heavy Lee-Metford rifle.
There is a special saddle made for buckjumpers, provided with heavy pads to prop the knee against, and so prevent the rider from being chucked forward, and this is sometimes assisted by securely fastening an iron bar with a roll of blanket around it across the pommel of the saddle.
There was not a horse he could not ride, and his rivals had brought some pretty tough buckjumpers to test him at different times -- "fair holy terrors," they called them -- but Tony sat them, even when girth and crupper had carried away.
Although I have ridden, when abroad, some of the worst buckjumpers that could be found in any country, I have never "cut a voluntary," thanks to the adoption of a seat and saddle which gave the necessary grip.
Say, he ought to see some the stuff you done for her out on location, like jumpin 'into the locomotive engine from your auto and catchin' the brake beams when the train's movin ', and goin' across that quarry on the cable, and ridin 'down that lumber flume sixty miles per hour and ridin' some them outlaw buckjumpers -- he'd ought to seen some that stuff, hey, Miss Montague? "
Mony's the time ye never rode buckjumpers, Mr. Billy "-- and with this parting-shot the old man turned into the house, and White-when-he's-wanted came back to the head station.
English families, well-groomed and typically Anglo-Saxon "; of squatters and sheep runs; of buckjumpers ridden by the most daring riders in the world; and of much more to the same purpose; but never is presented a picture of the sea or sailor folk.