How The Word Stallion Originated, Daily Racing Form, 1918-08-30


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HOW THE WORD STALLION ORIGINATED Mares and entire horses once ran together in England on the common lands and created so much confusion that a law was passed ordering males to be kept in bounds and tied in stalls whence the name of stallion or stalled one was applied to the entire horse Then came emascu ¬ lation Henry VIII had a law passed that no stallion less than 15 hands high and no mare less than 13 hands should run wild in the country One of the great objects in view was a horse adapted to cavalry purposes Stoutly built small horses were preferred to tall leggy ones because they better stood the wear and tear of a campaign In times of stress the exportation of horses was pro ¬ hibited The good specimens were kept at home for reproductive purposes

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