Bring on the empty horses

timebomb

Senior Member
Singapore, English
Hi, folks,

Many years ago, I read a book called "Bring on the empty horses". The title was a line from a well-known director who couldn't speak English well. He meant "riderless horses", of course but besides "riderless" is there another word to describe a horse without a rider?

Loh K L
 
  • Isotta

    Senior Member
    English, Hodgepodge
    Not that I know of. The only thing that popped into my head was "headless horseman," and that is surely not what you were looking for...

    Isotta.
     

    Gordonedi

    Senior Member
    UK (Scotland) English
    timebomb said:
    Hi, folks,

    Many years ago, I read a book called "Bring on the empty horses". The title was a line from a well-known director who couldn't speak English well. He meant "riderless horses", of course but besides "riderless" is there another word to describe a horse without a rider?

    Loh K L
    In the UK, competitions and training involving unharnessed horses are known as "loose jumping" or "loose schooling". Not a very descriptive term, I'm afraid. :)
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Hi Timebomb,

    I don't like this, because it's just descriptive and lacks poetry, but you might say "unmounted".

    Cuchu

    PS- depending on what you may wish to convey, there is also "unburdened", which is more towards the delightful "empty" without the idiomatic jolt.
     

    daviesri

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I think that "horse" best describes a riderless horse. If I heard someone yell "Bring out the horses", I would assume that they were just the horses. Usually if there is someone on the horse the main reference is made about the person on the horse. Bring out the cowboys, bring out the riders, or bring out the cavalry.
     
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