But it was enough to catch the rider's number before the jacket covered it.
Most interesting of these is the dagger or sword, always very short, save in the latest graves, and distinguished by a heart-shaped guard marking the juncture of hilt and blade; its sheath is also characteristic, having a triangular projection on one side and usually a separate chape: these peculiar forms were necessitated by a special way of hanging the dagger from two straps that it might not interfere with a rider's movements.
The rider's body must be always clOse to the saddle in leaping, for if he were jerked up, the weight of say only a 10stone man coming down on the horse a couple of seconds after he has negotiated a large fence is sufficient to throw the animal down.
Rook tried to rise on his forelegs but fell back, pinning his rider's leg.
Denisov's horse swerved aside to avoid a pool in the track and bumped his rider's knee against a tree.