The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

You find yourself in 14th century England, and you want to buy yourself a horse. What qualities do you look for? A common saying at the time comes to your rescue:
A good horse should have fifteen properties and conditions, namely: three of a man, three of a woman, three of a fox, three of a hare and three of an ass: like a man, he should be bold, proud and hardy; like a woman, he should be fair breasted, fair of hair, and easy to lie upon; like a fox, he should have a fair tail, short ears and go with a good trot; like a hare, he should have a great eye, a dry head and run well; and like an ass, he should have a big chin, a flat leg and a good hoof.
(From The Boke of St. Albans)


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