Horse history

I’m fascinated by the world of the horse as it is and as it was: not so long ago, in my parents’ childhoods, horses were everyday creatures. My godfather’s first job at the age of fourteen was looking after the farm horses. It’s so tantalising, that sense of a teeming mass of equine life just out of sight: the stables you catch glimpses of behind town centre shops, the horse troughs now filled with flowers, and the ploughs that have become garden ornaments.

Much of what I write is about that world.

The Cadogan Riding School

Horse history posts

If you were a pony-mad child in the sixties and seventies

(With more than a nod to Horse and Hound, who have done similar things for the 80s and 90s.) Elephant-ear jodphurs were still a thing The Jacatex ...

Railway Horses 1 – Railway Women and Horses

This piece originally appeared on my blog, Books, Mud and Compost. I’ve reprinted it here to remember those women who worked on the railways during ...

Jackie Hance: a remarkable child rider

If you’d been a member of the horse world, or even a casual reader of a provincial newspaper in the inter-war years, you would have ...

A supermarket for horses: the Horse Bazaar of Baker Street

The vast shopping centre is something we’re all used to, but it’s not where you’d go if you wanted to buy a horse. In the ...

Vintage Riding Schools – Heather Hall

This blog initially appeared on my old website, which is gradually being transferred. I’m attempting to break what has been a bit of a blogging ...
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