Gard, Robert Edward / My land, my home, my Wisconsin : the epic story of the Wisconsin farm and farm family from settlement days to the present
Of new ways, and of new harvests, pp. 37-62 PDF (16.1 MB)
[n's great circus tradition, horses almost ex- Sprovided the power for drawing the heavy ,0ns and the carriers for the big-top canvas m. When Ringlings started their 1916 season, rse cars carried 307 draft horses. It can also :that these draft horses learned the profes- reus profanity, while at the same time knew tion poured out to them by the horsemen in o truer love and appreciation for horses can hd anywhere else than among the 4-H youth of a. For many of them it may be a first love !They learn about horse psychology and anat- They learn how a horse responds to human ent. Horses help youth's emotional develop- Instilling compassion and fuller understanding. , and in peace the horse has played a signifi- cye. We know of the Roman legions and the ance of horses throughout the medieval con- !In the history of American wars we know that nore recent times, without jeeps or motorized rent, it was horses and mules that furnished wer. For speedier action it was man and beast !er, the cavalry that carried on. The greatest Sengagement in the Western Hemisphere took place June 9, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, when nearly twenty thousand cavalry men and an equal number of horses were engaged in combat for more than twelve hours. Losses were staggering on both sides, and for horses as well as for men. "When returning from Whitehorse, Yukon Ter- ritory, on the White Pass Narrow Gauge Railroad, heading toward Skagway, Alaska, our train passed through Dead Horse Gulch. There we saw the his- toric monument placed there by the Ladies, of the Golden North in memory of the more than three thousand packhorses 'who laid their lives on these terrible gulches and mountains, carrying the frantic gold-rush days of the '89s and '90s.' "Just as our farm horses heard the sounds of threshing machines, and responded to the commands for field service, and as the circus steeds performed their duties, listened to the lion's roar, or smelled the odor of elephants, so also hundreds and thousands of man'ssco-workers helped build our transcontinental railroads and our magnificent military services, and all I'm sure will agree with youth that the horse has earned its place as America's Bicentennial animal." Turn back the pages of history Trace Man's progress to its source C tldays, there was a time for reading and conversation. 47
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