from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The swingletree or equalizing-bar used for the leading horses of a four-in-hand team. See swingletree.
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"Prince!" in a loud voice, Milda immediately rabbit-jumps to the side, straight ahead, or sits down on the lead-bar.
When this happened, one of three things occurred: either she sat down on the lead-bar, kicked it up in the air until she got her back under it, or exploded in a straight-ahead, harness-disrupting jump.
Under the surprise and pain of the bite, Milda either jumps ahead to the imminent peril of harness and lead-bar, or smashes into the wall, stops short with the lead-bar over her back, and emits a couple of hysterical kicks.
So bad has this become that whenever I yell "Prince!" in a loud voice, Milda immediately rabbit-jumps to the side, straight ahead, or sits down on the lead-bar.
Not until she carried the lead-bar clean away and danced a break-down on it and the traces, did she behave decently.
Milda's besetting weakness was a frantic desire not to have the lead-bar strike her hocks.