He had, in fact, been a favorite steed of his master's, the choleric Van Ripper, who was a furious rider
, and had infused, very probably, some of his own spirit into the animal; for, old and broken-down as he looked, there was more of the lurking devil in him than in any young filly in the country.
drew rein among the villagers round his stirrup.
Ere long the car was once more grazing the soil, and Al-Hadji's black riders
rushed toward it; but, as frequently happens in like cases, the balloon had scarcely touched the surface ere it rebounded, and only came down again a mile away.
When they had gone a little less than a mile, five more riders
with dogs appeared out of the mist, approaching the Rostovs.
With some difficulty the boy managed to get his knife out of his pocket and cut the cords that bound the riders
to one another and to the wooden horse.
The Gauchos are well known to be perfect riders
The idea of being thrown, let the horse do what it likes; never enters their head.
Several of the riders
were in front and several behind, when suddenly Vronsky heard the sound of a horse galloping in the mud behind him, and he was overtaken by Mahotin on his white-legged, lop-eared Gladiator.
In an instant the old man was between the horses of Middleton and Paul, extending a hand to the bridle of each, in order to check the impatience of their riders
Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider
, the masterless ocean overruns the globe.
The figures of a horse and rider
came slowly through the eddying mist, and came to the side of the mail, where the passenger stood.
As may be supposed--continued the pilot--the mountain sides are very rugged, but on the summit stands a brass dome supported on pillars, and bearing on top the figure of a brass horse, with a rider
on his back.
Raoul continued his way and was visibly gaining ground; but the horse and its rider
, of whom he did not lose sight, were evidently sinking.
The horse is hot and distressed, but answers to the desperate spurring; the rider
looks as if his eyes were glazed by madness, and he saw nothing but what was unseen by others.
And while they jockeyed for position a rider
swept swiftly past them.
The mare made one wild plunge which would have unseated any ordinary person, but her rider
never even moved in his saddle.