The Intention of Horses ||93||
1It is a general rale that a flame behind and to the left to a horse’s back (when saddle is put), is not beneficial j elsewhere it is favourable. Flaming all over the body of horses leads to loss; so, do sparks or smoke on their body, for two years continuously.
2The flame appearing in a horse’s penis causes the rain of the King’s harem; in the stomach, of his treasure; in the anus and the tail, leads to the King’s defeat; in the face and head, to victory.
3The flaming of a horse’s shoulders, back or sides of the neck leads to the owner’s victory; the flaming of the hind legs, to his imprisonment; smoke in its forehead, breast, eyes or fore-legs, to defeat, while flame in the above limbs leads to victory.
4The flaming at night of the snout, middle of the nose, head, the lower part of the cheeks and eyes of horses that are green, copper-hued, dark or variegated confers success; it is always (both by day and night) auspicious with those that are white or have the hue of parrots.
5Antipathy to grass and water, falling down, sweating, convulsion without any cause, falling of blood from or appearing of smoke in the mouth, keeping vigil at night through hatred (or quarrel), drowsiness and pensive mood by day, languor and down-cast face— none of these activities of horses is said to be favourable.
6If a horse carrying a saddle and a rider gets upon another horse, or if the royal horse that is quite fit meets with some disaster, there will be misery.
7If a horse neighs like the Krauncha bird or does with its face raised and neck motionless, or has a sweet loud and resonant neigh, or neighs with its mouth full of grass, the enemy will be killed.
8If in the neighborhood of a horse that neighs there is a full pot (one filled with auspicious substances), curds, a Brahmin, a deity, perfumes, flowers, fruits, gold, etc. or some other desirable article, there will be victory.
9Horses that willingly take to their fodder, drink and bit or other accoutrements, or cast glances at their right side, bestow all desired objects on their masters.
10If horses stamp the earth with their left hoofs, their master will go abroad; if they neigh facing the ‘Burning’ quarter at any juncture (morning, evening, midday or midnight), he will suffer imprisonment or defeat.
11If they neigh too much (too frequently), shake their tails or are sleepy, their master will go on a journey; if they drop hair, have feeble or harsh sound, or eat the dust of the earth, they indicate danger to their master.
12If horses lie on their right side like a box or stand on the ground with their right leg raised, there will be success. The same effects as given above will have to be applied by a wise man to other vehicles (animals such as elephants and camels) as well according to the circumstances.
13The horse that is very subservient, when the king mounts it, goes in the direction to which the king is bound (or follows the party of sojourners), and reciprocates when others neigh, or touches its right side with its mouth, enhances erelong its master’s wealth.
14The horse that passes urine and dung too frequently, does not go along the proper direction though beaten, shows fright without any cause, and has tears in its eyes, does not indicate prosperity to its master.
15Thus have I expounded the activities of horses. Hereafter I shall describe’ those of elephants. Their effects—good or bad—will have to be judged from the cuttings, breaks, faded appearance, etc. of their tusks and other features.