STALLION, or Stone-hodse. A horse kept to propagate the species: he ought to be sound, well-made, vigorous, and of a good breed: in him should centre all the points and qualities that it is possible for a good horse to possess; since the produce, whether male or female, much more frequently acquires and retains the shape, make, marks, and disposition of the sire than the dam. This justifies us in rejecting stallions with the least appearance of disease, blemish, or bodily defect. It is even necessary to descend to the minutiae of symmetry in the head, neck, shoulder,fore-hand, ribs,back,loins, joints, and pasterns, attending to a strict uniformity in the shape, make, and texture of the very hoofs.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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