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An AMAZING Four-in-Hand Funeral

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  • An AMAZING Four-in-Hand Funeral

    Watch these four-in-hand Friesians on the way to the cemetery and back. AMAZING - both the horses and the driver! The English just do this so well.

    Last edited by Mike Matson; Feb. 20, 2010, 03:02 PM.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    Magnificent and lovely. Is there anyone in the states that does this?
    bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
    free bar.ka and tidy rabbit


    • Original Poster

      Yes. Google "horse drawn funeral".
      "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier


      • #4
        There was a thread here last year about a woman in Colorado (?) that was going to heroic lengths to provide horse-drawn funerals for veterans. She was driving hundreds of miles to provide special sendoffs.

        At least one funeral home keeps a horse-drawn hearse on hand. One in Walla Walla, Washington, had a special display building for theirs. I never saw it used, however.

        An older gentleman from Western Oregon had assembled a complete funeral outfit, quipping that it was "pre-need," and he participated in the Bishop Mule Days parade in California two years running. He had the mules, the hearse, mounted mourners in widow's weeds, and the pine box awaiting filling. As a comic touch, he had a sixties-era U-Haul mini-trailer hitched to the back of the hearse, complete with signs, "You Can Take It With You!" His health was poor last year, so he did not bring his instant funeral. I am sure that his family knows exactly how he wants things done because they've been practicing all these years.
        "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


        • #5
          what a way to go!


          • #6
            There's also a guy in NC

            He primarily does police officer funerals. He also won a GIVING BACK award last year in Stable Management Magazine. I think his are horses retired from Arlington, but still not too old.
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            • #7
              Wow, I've never been too into the Friesians but seeing that team, they look absolutely beautiful pulling the funeral carriage- very elegant.


              • #8
                Very beautiful.

                I am a bit "shocked" that traffic does not stop when meeting a funeral procession. Here, whether it is a 20 or 200 car procession, cars coming in the other direction pull over and stop. With a police escort, the procession goes though red lights and no one cuts into the line of cars. I just was a bit surprised at the lack of concern (esp. when the hearse was leaving the cemetery) from the other drivers.


                • #9
                  That is pretty amazing! The horses didn't blink an eye in all that speeding traffic. Yikes! The first part looked like they were on a four-lane highway!

                  Really, really cool. Thanks for posting this!
                  I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                  • #10
                    Very dignified. I went to his website and it looks like he has nice horses.

                    I admit I'm rather surprised that people didn't pull over.

                    Where I live, every funeral procession is given the right of way - and oncoming traffic pulls over until the entire processions passes (on secondary roads). Sometimes the driver gets out and stands quietly, removing any headgear. And Catholics will cross themselves.

                    Is that too country or is that not done in the UK or in urban areas anymore?
                    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                    -Rudyard Kipling


                    • #11
                      That's beautiful! What a trot those Friesians have in harness!


                      • #12
                        Just beautiful. Here, whether they are led by police or not, you must pull over for all funeral processions. They have the right of way, including through red lights, stop signs, etc. Big fine if you cut in or disrupt the procession in any way. If I hadn't already decided on cremation, that's definitely how I would want to be sent off.
                        ~*Friend of bar.ka*~


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                          Very dignified. I went to his website and it looks like he has nice horses.

                          I admit I'm rather surprised that people didn't pull over.

                          Where I live, every funeral procession is given the right of way - and oncoming traffic pulls over until the entire processions passes (on secondary roads). Sometimes the driver gets out and stands quietly, removing any headgear. And Catholics will cross themselves.

                          Is that too country or is that not done in the UK or in urban areas anymore?
                          In my experience it depends on the police escort - not an urban vs rural issue.

                          I have been in one where we were all spread apart, had to stop at lights and basically it was just a trip from the funeral home to the burial site. The hearse and the family car long gone from everyone else. The last one I was in was handled very nicely, the escort kept us all together and went through lights, etc. We had to travel a bit on the highway and again, it was well done. Of course, the cars on the highway didn't pull over but the escort did a great job in keeping the procession cars together so no cars cut in and the other cars worked around us.


                          • #14
                            I believe there is a friesian farm in Vermont that can provide this service.
                            "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                              Is that too country or is that not done in the UK or in urban areas anymore?
                              I think it is a US thing. My (originally British) parents always thought it very odd that people in the US pulled over for funerals.

                              But I expect Thomas will tell us.

                              chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                              • #16
                                "The Friesian syndrome... a mix between Black Beauty disease and DQ Butterfly farting ailment." Alibi_18


                                • #17
                                  Very lovely.
                                  Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch


                                  • #18
                                    Amazing, thanks for posting. I was quite surprised by the amount of coverage of the blinkers. I noticed one of the front horses turning his head so he could see. A very beautiful turnout.
                                    Fear is the rocket sauce.
                                    Jack Black


                                    • #19
                                      My neighbour does this with his Freisians.We also have another gentleman who does this with drafts....stunning.


                                      • #20
                                        What a magnificent sight! Just perfect!