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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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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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Horse Bits & Charities

Spring finally seems to be here – good. And the end of the financial year, which means an inventory check – not so good. Somehow I acquire stuff at a much faster rate than I can catalogue or photograph it. … Continue reading

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Whip construction

This whip has a beautiful silver handle & collar, decorated with cast coiled serpents. Unfortunately the covering of the shaft or stock has suffered some damage. Looking on the bright side – this does let us look at the construction … Continue reading

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Driving Horse Decorations

I have just found a box of old harness decorations. They come in many forms : simple solid badges, some interlocking monograms or ciphers and some depicting parts of crests or coats of arms. This decoration features a bloodhound. The … Continue reading

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