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PINCHING

PINCHING




      

PINCHING


PINCHING. A term used to express a method of trying a horse's mettle or vigour, and of showing him off to a purchaser when the creature is on sale. Thus, when the rider is on his back he makes him stand still, and keeping him fast with the bridle hand, he applies the spurs to the hair of his sides. If the horse is impatient under this, and draws himself up, and wants to go forward, it is a sign of mettle. But the purchaser ought to try this himself on the horse's back; for the jockeys have the art of making the dullest horse seem to have mettle in these trials. The purchaser must also distinguish between the restlessness of the horse under this treatment that arises from vigour, and that which arises from the horse being ticklish, and which goes oft immediately.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835

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