Category Archives: Stable & Veterinary

Tethering Posts

However specialised your field of collecting, someone somewhere in the world probably shares your passion . I was delighted to find this book : “Horsing Around – 19th Century Cast Iron Hitching Posts”, it’s a catalogue of an exhibition of … Continue reading

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Weald and Downland Museum

The Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester in Sussex is a fantastic place. Not only are there over forty rescued and reconstructed buildings, they also run courses teaching traditional skills and crafts – everything from making natural dyes, through polelathing … Continue reading

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Moss Bros Hobbles

Somehow when I think of Moss Bros I don’t think of horse hobbles. Nervous young men in hired morning suits, yes, but horse hobbles ? Not so much. I suppose it just shows how much has changed over time. According … Continue reading

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Antique Recipe Book

I’ve just seen this book listed in an auction catalogue. I could get mildly obsessed by old recipe books – and more particularly by the frequency of Mad Dogg bites in the 17th Century. And green wounds. “Manuscript receipt book. … Continue reading

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Tie-Up Bobbins

These things sit in my office & intrigue all who see them. I have heard them described as “Tie Up Bobbins”, “Manger Balls”, “Tying up blocks” and “Manger blocks”. They date back to a time when there were many working … Continue reading

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Horseshoe Case

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a … Continue reading

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Steam Transport & Horses

This is a poster for the hunting season from the Great Western Railway. It advertises reduced rates for horses and for grooms – I’m not sure what that says about grooms’ status at the time… After an afternoon trawling the … Continue reading

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A Recycling Farrier ?

How’s this for recycling? This set of hoof pincers have been made from a pair of old files or rasps. You can see the ridges of one file in the detailed image below.   They are probably late nineteenth or … Continue reading

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Antique Drenching Bit

    Medicating horses has got so much easier – or so I tell myself as I scrape worming paste out of my hair. And I do wonder how effective a wormer is once it has disappeared up a horse’s … Continue reading

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Veterinary Instrument?

A rather strange veterinary or medical instrument – I would love to learn more about it. Made of steel it has a sharp almost petal shaped blade. The handle is turned out of boxwood or fruitwood – this has a … Continue reading

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