What kind of a horse did Black Beauty's mother want him to be?

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Black Beauty 's mother, Duchess, is a bit of an equine snob. She constantly reminds her son that he's a well-bred, well-born foal; his grandfather won the cup two years at the Newmarket races, and his grandmother had the sweetest temper of any horse she ever knew. Black Beauty has...

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Black Beauty's mother, Duchess, is a bit of an equine snob. She constantly reminds her son that he's a well-bred, well-born foal; his grandfather won the cup two years at the Newmarket races, and his grandmother had the sweetest temper of any horse she ever knew. Black Beauty has good breeding, and his mother is determined that he shall behave in a manner befitting of a young horse with such a thoroughbred lineage.

But this is always easier said than done, especially for a skittish foal who just wants to run around the fields and have fun. Black Beauty likes nothing better than running with with the six young colts in the meadow beside him. Sometimes they engage in a bit of horseplay, with biting and kicking thrown in for good measure.

However, as Duchess points out, these colts are cart-horse colts, who haven't yet learned any manners. She doesn't want Black Beauty to fall into their company and learn bad habits such as kicking and biting. On the contrary, she wants her son to grow up to be a good and gentle horse and never to bite and kick, not even in play. From that day on, Black Beauty has never forgotten his mother's wise advice and has always tried hard to live up to the high standards she set for him.

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