The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Duke of Wellington horse

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The charger which the duke rode at Waterloo is kept in a paddock adjoining a small flower-garden, from which the late duchess used frequently to feed him with bread from her own hands. During the battle, the duke was on this horse 15 hours, without once dismounting, and it has never been ridden since that day. It is a small chestnut horse, slightly made, and, as it was quite a colt at the time of the battle, it is wonderful how its strength was equal to the excessive fatigue it must have undergone. There is a proverb in some parts of England, that a chestnut horse is always a good one, and that it will always do more work than any horse of the same size, of any other colour, and this horse seems to furnish an illustration of its truth.