• Man on horseback
    Man on horseback
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv horseback on the back of a horse "he rode horseback to town","managed to escape ahorse","policeman patrolled the streets ahorseback"
    • n horseback the back of a horse
    • n horseback a narrow ridge of hills
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Additional illustrations & photos:

dogs following man on horseback dogs following man on horseback
man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound
man on horseback bareheaded man on horseback bareheaded
William, on horseback, surveys his troops William, on horseback, surveys his troops
A man on horseback reads out the revokation A man on horseback reads out the revokation
Woman on horseback with man and dog walking Woman on horseback with man and dog walking

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Utah it is illegal to fish from horseback.
    • Horseback An extended ridge of sand, gravel, and boulders, in a half-stratified condition.
    • Horseback The back of a horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is legal in North Dakota to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.
    • n horseback The back of a horse, particularly that part of the back on which the rider sits: used generally in the phrase on horseback, often abbreviated to horseback, and used adverbially.
    • n horseback A low and somewhat sharp ridge of sand or gravel; also, but not generally, a ridge of rock which rises for a short distance with a sharp edge: a common term in New England, especially in Maine. Also called hogback, hog's-back, and boar's-back. Such ridges are called by Scotch geologists kames, by the Irish eskars.
    • horseback On the back of a horse: as, to ride horseback. See horseback, n., 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Horseback the back of a horse
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hors; Ice. horss, Old High Ger. hros (Ger. ross).


In literature:

Her husband usually appeared on horseback.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
Two or three days after Wallace arrived at Franconia, he and Phonny formed a plan to go and take a ride on horseback.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
A young Scottish farmer, having been to a fair, was riding homeward on horseback one evening over a lonely road.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Then came more long knives on horseback, as many as a herd of buffalo.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Directly behind them came two dignified gentlemen on horseback, followed by three servants on foot.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
As he passed Grant Street again he encountered a party on horseback heading for the river bridge.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
One March afternoon, coming home from Medicine Bend, she saw at some distance before her a party of men on horseback.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
The "off" days were given to reading, writing and exploring the country on horseback.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Lord George, as he thought over it all on horseback, found difficulties on every side.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Suppose you take the boat on down, and let me go across, horseback, to Kaskaskia.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

"That ever did on horseback come,
But if my hap it were,
I durst encounter man for man,
With him to break a spear."
"Chevy Chase" by Henry Morley
"My sister, and my sister’s child,
Myself, and children three,
Will fill the chaise; so you must ride
On horseback after we."
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Sae out at the gates they a' are gane,
The prisner's set on horseback hie;
And now wi speed they've tane the gate;
While ilk ane jokes fu wantonlie.
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
So the sailor comes home - He's bound to come home
For nothing - his longing - can force back
At the end of the trip He comes home on his ship
Well... you wouldn¹t expect him on horseback!
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
In the wild Weddin Mountains there live two young dames
Kate O'Meally, Bet Mayhew are their pretty names;
These maids of the mountains are bonny bush belles,
They ride out on horseback, togged out like young swells.
"The Maids of the Mountains" by Anonymous Oceania
He even bade men strike for them thc horseshoe from the steed.
Minaya and the ladies, God! he honored them indeed
They got them upon horseback when the next morning fell.
Unto Valcncia loyally he served them all and well.
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar II" by Anonymous European

In news:

The 33-acre farm hosts numerous activities each year and 2010 is no different, with hayrides, horseback rides, mazes and more planned.
Wes Berry takes us on a trip to Mammoth Cave Adventures for some zip lining, big swinging and horseback riding action.
Man re-traces Mohawk chief's ride on horseback.
He East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with more than 112,000 acres in 65 parks, including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature study.
A US Border Patrol agent was shot and killed and another wounded while the pair were on horseback patrol near the US-Mexico border in southern Arizona early Tuesday morning.
Carolina RenFest filled with winged fairies, swordplay, knights on horseback .
Canada to Brazil on horseback , Colorado in between.
Video shows Florida man on horseback leading police in a chase, police say.
Drunk man on horseback leads cops on chase through Florida town, authorities say.
Drunk man on horseback leads cops on chase through Bunnell.
Take a ride – on horseback – into the backcountry.
How To Explore The World's Most Pristine Landscapes On Horseback .
George Washington on Horseback from July 2, 1927.
George Washington on Horseback from July 2, 1927 Washington on Horseback .
Heroes on Horseback , a therapeutic riding program providing equine-assisted activities for young people in the Lowcountry with physical, mental or emotional disabilities, is seeking volunteers to assist with the fall session.

In science:

The Black Hills offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, hiking, boating, trout fishing, horseback riding, and mountain biking (including on the 114 mile long Mickelson Trail): this is the main reason for the area’s strong tourism industry.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
PB 25.10.16 also states the duration from the earth to heaven is as long as a journey of 44 days and this is equated, symbolically, to the travel, on horseback, between the point where Sarasvat¯ı is lost in the desert and its source in the mountains.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun