The whole seemingly monotonous and uncompanionable half-dozen, stabled together, may pass the long wet hours when the door is shut in livelier communication than is held in the servants' hall or at the Dedlock Arms, or may even beguile the time by improving (perhaps corrupting) the pony in the loose-box
in the corner.
When we descended I followed Holmes into the stable yard, where he opened the door of a loose-box
and led out a squat, lop-eared, white-and-tan dog, something between a beagle and a foxhound.
National Hunt racing throws up many gutsy men - wasn't Richard Johnson brave enough to share a loose-box
with the Queen's grand-daughter, Zara Phillips, until the romance ended in fisticuffs outside a pub.