from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To accustom to the use of a halter; break or train by means of a halter, as a colt.
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Out her window, as she was advising Lorena to marry him, Clara could see Pea Eye in the lots, trying to halter-break a young sorrel colt.
"Yes, Bowers," Bunch mocked when Kate was well out of hearing, "come over and run down fifty or sixty sheep and wrastle a few three-hundred poun 'bucks and drag around several wool sacks and halter-break that two-year-ol' colt while you're restin '."
What better way for two youngsters to pass their time than to halter-break all the calves on the farm?