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xoxoxoBruce 08-28-2015 09:46 AM


This is the same intersection today. Not much looks familiar.
Thanks for the flash forward! Notice trolley is long gone, the streets are comparatively narrow, although the sidewalks are wide as a result of urban renewal money. I lived in Medford, just west of here, when I worked at Tufts University. Malden was considerably different, although no horse water trough.
If Maldenites... Maldonians... them, want to go to Boston, as many commuters do, they are slaves of the MBTA, which used to be the MTA. I think they changed the name after what happened to poor Charlie.;)

xoxoxoBruce 09-11-2015 06:56 PM

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The Ferrier...

Sundae 09-12-2015 07:24 AM

It's farrier here. Interestingly, the American usage is closer to the original, which is French (from ferrous for iron.)
As in chemin de fer - the traditional French for railway.

xoxoxoBruce 09-13-2015 10:58 AM

Baby steps doesn't mean left behind. :D

xoxoxoBruce 09-29-2015 11:55 AM

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Nice Brookie, that's a good horsey, easy boy...

Gravdigr 09-29-2015 05:05 PM

Jumping Jehosaphat!!!!

Look. At. The. Neck. On. That. Hoss.


BigV 09-29-2015 07:51 PM

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yeah... but look at the wabbit on this hoss. and the neck, don't forget the neck too.

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They do kinda favor each other, neigh?

xoxoxoBruce 10-05-2015 01:37 PM

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The opposite extreme... would of saved this for a Friday IOtD but you bastards would have eaten the poor little guy. :haha:

limey 10-05-2015 04:00 PM

But there's more meat on the hoss in post 35 ...

Sent by thought transference

lumberjim 10-05-2015 04:38 PM

Biggest Horse I've been near. These are Percherons. hard to tell just how huge they are until I pan back and you can see jinx next to them

xoxoxoBruce 10-05-2015 08:48 PM

Percherons, Belgians, and Clydesdales, The Eagles need that tonnage. :haha:

Carruthers 10-12-2015 10:10 AM


Ian Williams and his Clydesdale horses, Madge and Dolly, were among more than 230 entrants at the British National Ploughing Championships at Marden, Kent.

The annual event, in its 65th year, has categories ranging from vintage tractors to heavy horses.

xoxoxoBruce 10-12-2015 10:27 AM

OMG, they're so beautifully matched I want to squee. When I see pictures like this my heart wants to move to the country and lead a cinematic life of honest sweat, in a working relationship with these gentle giants. But after a couple minutes the brain kicks in with a word from our sponsor. Do you want to live that rural dream? Have you forgotten getting up at 5AM, in a 10 below blizzard, to trudge to the barn where they're waiting impatiently for breakfast?
Want to roll over and catch another 40 winks? The tractor don't care, the truck don't care, the animals care. Sigh, the bucolic life isn't, but the horses are.

Carruthers 10-14-2015 02:50 PM

As heavy horses have made several appearances in this thread, I thought that this picture might be of passing interest.

The shoe on the left is from a Shire and that on the right is from my old horse.

He was a fairly big lad and wasn't exactly small in the hoof department, but his shoe pales into insignificance next to the Shire's.

Incidentally, I've never met a farrier who didn't wear steel toe capped boots. :)

xoxoxoBruce 10-14-2015 03:02 PM

Anyone who's spent time around horses has had their foot stepped on and farriers spend most of their time vulnerable. The worst part is it's not like them walking by and stepping on you, usually they are changing position and stand on your foot, so you can't do anything until you convince them to move.

I see the heavy shoe still has one caulk(or cork, depending on where you're from), but none left, or never were, on the smaller shoe.

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