The Smuggler's Horse

This story is taken from "The English Illustrated Magazine" 1888, published by Macmill and Co.

The article "Somerset" was written by Richard Jeffries with illustrations by J.W. North.

 

The writer recalls how in the Exmoor district of Somerset, of the smugglers - once notorious folk in the hills of Somerset -

Teaching their horse to understand the usual words of command backwards.

If they were driving their pack-horses at night with a load of Brandy landed from a lugger, and were met by the revenue men

who ordered them to stop so that the packs could be searched, called "Whoa! Whoa!"

Instantly the horse set off at a tearing gallop, for they understood the commands to be "Gee-up"!