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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)

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[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
tldays, there was a time for reading and conversation.

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