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Old 21 September 2018, 12:14 AM
Jusenkyo no Pikachu Jusenkyo no Pikachu is offline
 
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Location: Queensland, Australia
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Someone I know (my sister I think?) has no idea what it means to let a pony have its head.

That’s a real phrase. It means to give a horse some control back.

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When they reached the mountain's summit, even Clancy took a pull,
It well might make the boldest hold their breath,
The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full
Of wombat holes, and any slip was death.
But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head,
And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer,
And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed,
While the others stood and watched in very fear.


He sent the flint stones flying, but the pony kept his feet,
He cleared the fallen timber in his stride,
And the man from Snowy River never shifted in his seat -
It was grand to see that mountain horseman ride.
Through the stringybarks and saplings, on the rough and broken ground,
Down the hillside at a racing pace he went;
And he never drew the bridle till he landed safe and sound,
At the bottom of that terrible descent.
Yes, my subconscious woke me because of something to do with Banjo Paterson.

And also, for some reason, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle (also Paterson)
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