Horses & History

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. - Pearl Buck

As a former Pony Clubber, hunting, eventing, show jumping enthusiast and freelance writer, I am delighted to be back in the saddle again writing this Horses & History blog about two of my favourite topics.

I plan to take a trot back in time and find interesting facts and stories about our favourite four-legged friends and their riders, shows, places and events and look at how they made and changed the course of history.

Enjoy! - Cindy Crank

The Iron Horse and The Canal Horse

The Industrial Revolution in England began around 1760 thanks to mechanization, advances in technology and the advent of the steam engine, which all produced major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and transportation. While railways opened up the country in countless read more

Hyde Park’s Rotten Row in London

The Ultimate Meet and Greet If we could stop the hands of time and take a step back to London’s Rotten Row in Hyde Park in the 1800’s and early 1900’s, what a sight we would see! Princes, Lords, Ladies, read more

Montreal Sleighing Memories: When Life was Simpler and Winter was King!

Winter Life and Living in a Bygone Era As horseman, horsewomen and history lovers, we owe famous Canadian photographer William Notman a debt of gratitude. Through his camera lens for 78 years, Notman captured the people, places and activities of read more

Transport and Carriages in the Victorian Era (1837-1901)

The recent Royal Wedding gave us a glimpse at some of the beautiful, ornate and priceless carriages that are housed in The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in London and that are used for special occasions by members of The read more

The Mail Must Get Through!

Horses and Coach Proves Faster Than Modern Methods! In the 1700’s the delivery of mail took weeks or months, if at all. A man or delivery child on a pony or with a cart and horse was expected to take read more

The Black Beauty Story

When Queen Victoria came to the throne in England in 1837, industrialization was taking hold and more and more young men and women left their farms to make a living working in factories and manufacturing companies. Cotton factories allowed Britain read more

Horse Whisperers Part 2

Secret Societies, Oaths and Handshakes Latter day horse whisperers can claim credit for the formation of many secret societies that sprang up in Great Britain during the 18th century, each with its own secret handshake, oath and password.  Scottish whisperers read more

Horse Whisperers Part 1: Origins, Societies and Secrets

Origins and Explanations The term horse whisperer is nothing new despite the interest gained in these individuals over the last 20 years or so. Today’s horse whisperers with their round pens and new training methods are a far cry from read more

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