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    Default Very cool horse photo from 1864!

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/5437

    You can enlarge it and see incredible detail!
    I wonder what breed the horse is? Looks quite "Morganish" to me. And what on earth tack does he have on? Pretty cool!
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    What a great find. I agree the horse looks like a Morgan or something similar.



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    1864? Wow! One thing I always look at is the feet....and for 1864 I think this horse looks fab! Front and back shoes et al!

    I also agree - Morgan (ish). He's got a surcingle on with what looks like a driving whip hanging from it so maybe it's part of a harness? Not sure but he's definitely a he!

    Very cool photo! I love the guy looking at horse and the horse looking at the camera!!

    Thanks for sharing!!
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    Beautiful photo. He seems very slim width-wise. Doesn't have the wide chest or separation between the hinds that many modern horses do.



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    That camera would have needed a long exposure. That horse stood rock still for his portrait.

    I love looking at what kind of horses people rode when it really mattered. I am surprised his mane is so long. But at that time the war had not gotten very ugly? They still had picnics while watching the battles so a war horse was like a show horse but the prizes were. . . . er. . . . more important?



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    Fantastic photo! Seriously nice detail for a photo so old. And a lovely lovely horse.
    I love looking at old photos...makes me wonder what that person was thinking and doing that day so very long ago.
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    What a gorgeous horse! I wonder if the man in the picture new people would be admiring his horse 140 years later!!!
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    What an interesting photo.

    I would guess Tennessee Walker.



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    For a war horse he sure does shine! I imagine that at times water was a very rare and precious commodity so elbow grease was the order of the day.

    Looks like a Morgan or "saddlebred type." By saddlebred I don't mean the ASB of today but a "type" of horse bred mainly in the south for comfort on long rides with stamina and stoutness. He resembles many of the "light draught" types now popular for riding, like Fresian or Irish crosses.

    That is a gorgous photo. Thank you for posting it.
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    I love old photos too!

    Here's some other cool ones from the same website:

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4954
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4899
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4536
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1720
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1633
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/242
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/3633

    Many of the other photos of horses on the site show dramatically how much easier they have it today.....
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    Default Did you see this one?

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    That is WAY cool!! Definitely something gaited, but looks Morgan to me, too. I'm not surprised by his condition...war was winding down and the horses were treated infinitely better than the men. I was shocked at what I found when I did some research into it! I am, however, surprised by the mane. I wonder if they did a running braid or kept it confined somehow? It's obviously been brushed through at some point before the photo.

    If you enlarge it, he's also got a decent sweat on like he was worked just shortly before the photo. You can see his veins in his legs are up, too. His man looks like he's talking to and regarding his "friend" like we do today. Amazing

    Thanks for sharing! This history/pre-law student who used to do some CW reenacting LOFFS it!!

    ETA: I also love the fact the old glass plates (esp. the wet plates) are so, so, SO clear!! And the detail they show is amazing....kind of makes you wonder what's happened over the years, doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeboer01 View Post
    I love old photos too!

    Here's some other cool ones from the same website:

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4954
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4899
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/4536
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1720
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1633
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/242
    http://www.shorpy.com/node/3633

    Many of the other photos of horses on the site show dramatically how much easier they have it today.....
    I wonder if the first one is any relation to Tad Coffin?
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    check out this one of the horse show at The Garden!

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    The head looks Friesian to me.



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    Interesting shoes on these firehorses (guess they weren't pulling on paved roads):

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1720

    And LOVE this shot - very 'artistic':

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/1633
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 tbs View Post
    1864? Wow! One thing I always look at is the feet....and for 1864 I think this horse looks fab! Front and back shoes et al!

    I also agree - Morgan (ish). He's got a surcingle on with what looks like a driving whip hanging from it so maybe it's part of a harness? Not sure but he's definitely a he!
    It's not a driving whip or bit/ bridle. You see drafts shown in surcingles like that (in Europe anyway) so my guess is that it's some kind of in-hand paraphernalia.

    cute horse.



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    Quote Originally Posted by egontoast View Post
    What an interesting photo.

    I would guess Tennessee Walker.

    I think Walker, also.
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    I'd say Walker too judging by the head and neck, looks like an old style plantation walker to me. They were chunkier in build, not so tall as the modern ones today.

    BTW - went to a civil war re-enactment with my son Saturday who is a military history major in college. I was amazed at how calm the the horses were with cannons going off, mortars and lots and lots of shooting. It was a reenactment of the Battle of Manassas and the horses were TWHs. Lots of cordite smoke and loud booms, but the horses just stood as they were supposed to. Of course none were right up on the cannons, but were within 250 feet of them, and none broke battle formation and most looked slightly bored with it all. I believe the riders used ear plugs as these horses were used frequently in these types of "battles". I must say the horses did an admirable job of keeping their cool under "fire".



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    That's a terrific photo. I'm guessing Walker.

    A friend of mine wrote an excellent book about that battle - and of the significance of horses and cavalry. It was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War. He also leads a terrific battlefield tour - on horseback of course!

    http://www.amazon.com/Brandy-Station.../dp/0786425849

    Here is the website for the foundation trying to protect the battlefield.
    http://www.brandystationfoundation.c...ter_Jan_07.htm



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