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xoxoxoBruce 07-04-2015 11:03 PM

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1908 San Francisco had a disposable society, but unlike today's planned obsolescent disposable consumer goods, men and horses were used up and discarded

Moving a big, very heavy house, built of much heavier timbers and lumber, on SF's hills, was a monumental task. Men jacking the house with hand operated screw jacks, and cribbing... no mamby pamby computer controlled, self leveling hydraulics. Then just two horses turning winches to move it forward. The horses probably had to carry the gear to the site, also. :dedhorse:

Griff 07-05-2015 07:30 AM

Wow. Cool pic. People and horses getting it done. <insert old man philosophizing here>

glatt 07-06-2015 09:40 AM


And it's just squeezing by the wires.

xoxoxoBruce 07-11-2015 12:53 AM

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What? A Percheron/Pony cross. :eek: I hope the sire was the pony.

Gravdigr 07-11-2015 06:10 PM

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I just noticed this line.

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That's kinda weird.

xoxoxoBruce 07-11-2015 08:09 PM

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At first I though they'd copied a two page picture out of a book, but it stops at the eve and the picture on either side isn't distorted.
Then at the eve there's a jog so I figured it was a shadow of the jog down the side, but why would it extend into the street?
Then I decided it's 3foots fault and he screwed up when he was a photo lab trainee.

Gravdigr 07-11-2015 11:24 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 933363)
Then I decided it's 3foots fault...

He should tighten up a li'l bit.

burns334 07-12-2015 07:10 AM

Does someone know where this house is today?

xoxoxoBruce 07-12-2015 09:40 AM

Not a clue, not even if it still exists.

xoxoxoBruce 07-13-2015 10:21 PM

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xoxoxoBruce 07-14-2015 02:01 PM

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Nuzzling up together on the frosty ground in the Falkland Islands, this might seem like the most unlikely of friendships. But this herd of horses took in a lonely penguin as one of their own and snuggled up with their curious new companion.

They were also seen playfully chasing after the bird as it stretched out its wings and waddled along the white-topped turf. The horses also craned their necks and touched their noses with the penguin's beak in the heart-warming snaps.

xoxoxoBruce 07-19-2015 01:00 AM

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OMG, Brownie murdered the white colt and made a cape from it.:eek:

Clodfobble 07-19-2015 11:26 AM

Yo dawg, I heard you like to ride a horse when you ride a horse, so I painted a horse on your horse...

infinite monkey 07-19-2015 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 934050)
Yo dawg, I heard you like to ride a horse when you ride a horse, so I painted a horse on your horse...


Gravdigr 07-19-2015 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 934050)
Yo dawg, I heard you like to ride a horse when you ride a horse, so I painted a horse on your horse...


xoxoxoBruce 07-24-2015 03:29 PM

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Hit and run horse destroys kid's car.

xoxoxoBruce 08-03-2015 01:30 PM

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A horse with a drinking problem is heart breaking.

BigV 08-03-2015 02:13 PM

you can lead a horse to water, but he'll just play in the sprinklers.

xoxoxoBruce 08-07-2015 01:25 AM

Horses facial expressions.

Scientists at the University of Sussex have compiled a directory of facial expression in one of humanity’s oldest four-legged friends. Their Equine Facial Action Coding System (EquiFACS for short) has identified 17 discrete facial movements in horses that may indicate mood or intention or just bafflement.

This is at least three more than the facial expressions identified in chimpanzees. Dogs can get a message across with 16 different expressions. And human faces have 27 different ways of speaking silently, with the lips and eyes and the occasional wrinkled nose.

Carruthers 08-07-2015 03:46 AM

A TV ad for the '3' mobile phone network. Made in a location where there is no phone coverage. ;)

xoxoxoBruce 08-07-2015 02:19 PM

I suspect there was some CGI involved. Possibly alcohol too.

Carruthers 08-12-2015 02:28 PM

One of the Fullers Brewery Shire Horses has a liquid lunch at the British Beer Festival in London.

A number of breweries still have Shire Horse teams for PR and advertising purposes.
Most participate in the Heavy Horse musical drive at the Horse of the Year Show.

xoxoxoBruce 08-12-2015 08:34 PM

Hell yeah, if I spent all day in that harness I'd want a drink or two. After all, beer is made from what? Horse food. ;)

xoxoxoBruce 08-16-2015 12:18 PM

All's well that ends out of the well.

xoxoxoBruce 08-18-2015 10:14 PM

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From Cutaway World.

xoxoxoBruce 08-22-2015 02:05 AM

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The University of Toronto has digitized the official report on the 5th Olympiad in 1912, Sweden. It's pretty comprehensive at 1117 pages, with pictures of all the big shots, pictures of the facilities, the equipment, and athletes. Even the archery targets, shower rooms, the lady swimmers in their scandalous bathing attire, and some of the horses, which after all, is what this thread is about.

xoxoxoBruce 08-23-2015 01:02 PM

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The Piebald mare had twins... but one was a runt. ;)

xoxoxoBruce 08-27-2015 11:09 PM

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Working horses stop for a shot and a beer, in Malden, MA, ca 1906.

glatt 08-28-2015 08:59 AM

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This is the same intersection today. Not much looks familiar.
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But if you go down 50 feet to peek around the tree, you see that this building is still there.
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glatt 08-28-2015 09:04 AM

If I ran the historical society there, I'd totally put up a plaque with that old photo so you could compare old and new. I wouldn't even ask anyone permission. I'd just do it in broad daylight.

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.

Carruthers 10-15-2015 11:12 AM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 941974)

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.

That's a view of the top of the shoes but the clips don't show up well enough to determine that.

Neither shoe had caulking. They were 'plain vanilla' as it were.

Different views of the same shoes:

xoxoxoBruce 10-15-2015 12:11 PM

OK, just toe clips, thanks. As Ed Sullivan would say, that's a really big shoe. :haha:

Gravdigr 10-31-2015 01:41 PM

No pics suitable for posting, but...

Today marks the anniversary of history's last successful cavalry charge.

The Battle of Beersheba in WW I, 1917

xoxoxoBruce 11-01-2015 08:25 AM

Successful? I wonder how the horses felt about that. :dedhorse:

Lamplighter 11-01-2015 11:44 AM

Well said,xoB.

Until horses write ...

Gravdigr 11-01-2015 03:04 PM


Gravdigr 11-02-2015 05:37 PM

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Lamplighter 11-02-2015 07:05 PM

That is cute !

glatt 11-03-2015 08:21 AM

that's an awesome Halloween costume. And you could even put saddle bags on the pony to hold the candy.

limey 11-03-2015 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by glatt (Post 944322)
that's an horsesome Halloween costume. And you could even put saddle bags on the pony to hold the candy.


Sent by thought transference

xoxoxoBruce 11-04-2015 01:31 AM

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You've seen pictures of the winning race car drivers getting crazy with champagne. Prince of Penzance won too. ;)

Gravdigr 11-06-2015 12:47 PM

Waaaaiiiiiiittt for it:

xoxoxoBruce 11-06-2015 04:00 PM

That was a fart?

Gravdigr 11-06-2015 04:18 PM

I've heard the occasional horse fart. That one sounded sorta human.

Gravdigr 11-19-2015 06:31 PM

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