One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person responsible for the care of working horses.‘the stockman tells the horsetailer which horse he wants for the day’
- ‘He acted as horse-tailer and general rouseabout.’
- ‘I saw one man washing himself, and I asked if he was the horsetailer.’
- ‘He's assumed to have been the horse-tailer (there were 14 horses) and general camp help for the patrol.’
- ‘The horsetailer had to wake early in the morning to find and saddle the horses for daywork.’
- ‘The boys' cook, with the assistance of the horsetailer, manages to get up.’
- ‘The horsetailer walks to his horse, unhobbles it, and steps onboard.’
- ‘The horse took off to find its mates and the horsetailer caught it.’
- ‘The old horsetailer spat out a stream of tobacco juice.’
- ‘The other horsetailer has ridden off.’
- ‘The horsetailer was expected any minute with a neck-bag supply to see us through.’
Mid 19th century: from horse + the Australian word tailer ‘a person who herds livestock’.
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