a.1.Having abundance of mettle; ardent; full of fire; as, a high-mettled steed.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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`If a high-mettled creature like this,' said he, `can't be broken by fair means, she will never be good for anything.'
He was a fine, haughty-looking savage, fancifully decorated, and mounted on a high-mettled steed, with gaudy trappings and equipments.
At a respectful distance from this unusual show, were gathered divers groups of curious idlers; some admiring the blood and bone of the high-mettled military charger, and others gazing at the preparations, with the dull wonder of vulgar curiosity.
My reputation of diligence in my studies made me a desirable object of his mischievous intention; and my own inclination made it sufficiently easy for him to effect his purpose; for though I had applied myself with much industry to books, in which I took great delight, there were other pleasures in which I was capable of taking much greater; for I was high-mettled, had a violent flow of animal spirits, was a little ambitious, and extremely amorous.
Attended by this gallant equipage, himself well mounted, and splendidly dressed in crimson and in gold, bearing upon his hand a falcon, and having his head covered by a rich fur bonnet, adorned with a circle of precious stones, from which his long curled hair escaped and overspread his shoulders, Prince John, upon a grey and high-mettled palfrey, caracoled within the lists at the head of his jovial party, laughing loud with his train, and eyeing with all the boldness of royal criticism the beauties who adorned the lofty galleries.
Tony, Chelmsford Denying heritage Athletic, high-mettled and first division horses competing just two or three times a year with focus on one prize, denying their heritage.
They came up the straight two-by-two - Ark-bound if not Arc-bound - and although such a gentle workout demonstrates little other than the horses in question are still possessed of the requisite number of legs, it does bring the whole soul-lifting experience of the high-mettled racer closer to its audience.
Throughout his career, the Kingmambo colt gave the impression he was a brilliant, high-mettled horse who would not necessarily thrive on a tough campaign.
The son of high-mettled stallion Elusive Quality has settled well with waiting tactics, but it is another thing doing so while chasing the pace without cover.
Not least among them is stablemate Warsaw, a sharp type by Danehill Dancer who looks and races like a high-mettled individual.
It's plain to see that these are happy horses' Ashley bunks down next to his great friend Grave Doubts, whose soothing presence calms the high-mettled chestnut both in the barn and when out at grass.