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Beagling Whip Hospital

    This little beagling whip came from an online auction. It had looked great in its photo. And indeed it has an antler handle well carved as a hound’s head ( complete with the surprised expression that the dogs … Continue reading

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Captain Flora Sandes

This rather splendid portrait is part of the World War I exhibition at Bath’s Fashion Museum My attention was caught by the horse leg handled whip (and the boots, if I’m honest). However, the short biography of the sitter was … Continue reading

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Equestrian Decor

  Someone contacted me last week looking for old eggbutt bits to use as curtain tie-backs (or more accurately drape tie-backs, they were in the USA) This sounded like an interesting idea & got me looking around the web for … Continue reading

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Safety Stirrups

This image attracted me to the Project Gutenberg Ebook of Alice M. Hayes’ “The Horsewoman, A Practical Guide to Sidesaddle Riding” (The whole text can be read here ) The front page of the book tells us that it is … Continue reading

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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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Place Names

I found myself in Kineton yesterday. And where did my thoughts wander? Did I appreciate the 13th Century church , and the village green and pond? Or the late summer sun shining through the trees? Not so much – I … Continue reading

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Bolas or Boleadoras

These are bolas, or, more accurately boleadoras : They came from South America. Similar arrangements of throwing stones and ropes were originally used by the indigenous people, but after the arrival of the Spanish they were adopted by the gauchos. … Continue reading

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African whips

Several years ago I had an interesting whip, it was black and made of a length of wood or vine, the three branches of which twisted around each other. It can be seen at I had bought it as … Continue reading

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Young Lady’s Equestrian Manual

Thanks to the work of the Gutenberg Project I have been reading “The Young Lady’s Equestrian Manual” , an anonymous 19th Century publication, now available for all to read at The book starts : “The following pages contain a … Continue reading

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Lacebark Whip from Jamaica

I bought one of these whips years ago at the sale of the contents of Dr Potter’s Museum of Curiosities at Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. It was an extraordinary sale, full of natural history specimens and ethnographic objects … Continue reading

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