The horse is a bob-tailed nag. … Eliza: I always learned the line as “Bells on Bob’s tail ring.” Doesn’t that make more sense?
What is the name of bells horse?
“Bob tails” is a description of the horses’ “cropped” tails rather than the name of the horse drawing the sleigh. Response last updated by satguru on Aug 23 2016. Answer has 15 votes.
What is a bob tail nag?
Noun. bobtail (plural bobtails) A short, or deliberately shortened tail. An animal that has a bobtail, such as certain canines or nags. (agriculture) A tractor which performs without its trailer.
What does 240 for his speed mean?
Two forty refers to a mile in two minutes and forty seconds at the trot, or 22.5 miles per hour. This is a good speed, and suggests the horse should be a Standardbred. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingle_Bells.
Why did horses wear sleigh bells?
Centuries ago, sleigh bells were fastened to horses to signal the approach of someone important or to warn pedestrians of an approaching vehicle. Sleighs were unable to stop quickly enough so they needed a warning sound.
What does bells on bobtail rings mean?
This generally just means that the horse’s tail is folded up and tied (like an old lady’s bun – sort of) to make it look shorter and get it out of the way. If you put bells on a horse’s bobbed tail, they will ring as the horse moves.
Are bobtails Bobtails or bells?
1. “Bells on Bobtail,” From “Jingle Bells.” This is sometimes misheard as “Bells on Bob’s tail” or “Bells on Bobtail,” as if Bob or Bobtail is the name of the horse.