As yet the panic of the steed had given his unskilful rider
an apparent advantage in the chase, but just as he had got half way through the hollow, the girths of the saddle gave way, and he felt it slipping from under him.
When they had gone a little less than a mile, five more riders
with dogs appeared out of the mist, approaching the Rostovs.
Gahan's mount, carrying but a single rider
, gained upon that of the Manatorian, so that as they neared the palace Gahan was scarce a hundred yards behind, and now, to his consternation, he saw the fellow turn into the great entrance-way.
Both cleared it, but whereas Lady Grace's mare jumped wide and clear, and her rider
never even faltered in his saddle, Somerfield lost all his lead and only just kept his seat.
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider
as much as his rider
tried him out.
Straight upright sat the rider
, in military fashion, with a firm seat in the saddle, a strong clutch upon the rein to hold his charger from too impetuous a plunge.
The roan horse snorted beneath them, and the rider
caressed and soothed it and tied it farther away.
It is not, however, for some weeks that the animal is ridden with the iron bit and solid ring, for it must learn to associate the will of its rider
with the feel of the rein, before the most powerful bridle can be of any service.
As I trotted along, however, chewing the cud of - bitter fancies, I heard another horse at no great distance behind me; but I never conjectured who the rider
might be, or troubled my head about him, till, on slackening my pace to ascend a gentle acclivity, or rather, suffering my horse to slacken his pace into a lazy walk - for, rapt in my own reflections, I was letting it jog on as leisurely as it thought proper - I lost ground, and my fellow- traveller overtook me.
On the second day of her hunting, as she was returning from the chase, and was arrived within a little distance from Mr Western's house, her horse, whose mettlesome spirit required a better rider
, fell suddenly to prancing and capering in such a manner that she was in the most imminent peril of falling.
As though she did not know which foot to put first, Frou-Frou started, dragging at the reins with her long neck, and as though she were on springs, shaking her rider
from side to side.
To this mutual but very material change was owing the fact, that the rider
and the ass were now to be sought among that portion of the band who formed a sort of rear-guard.