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by Willy / February 19, 2013 11:42 PM PST

The story is related to WWI and it was interesting. I saw the video, War Horses of WWI like a documentary. Another one more of a movie type based on a soldier's love of a horse and its trek through WWI. This is not about "Warrior" a famous horse of a WWI general(in that movie). The stories got me and rather the true sad ending besides battle injuries and the care they would have gotten. However, after the war many were slaughtered in order to feed POWs and provide the French populace a source of meat. These are horses that made it through the battles or work details they provided. Think about it, going through everything a war can have and then be treated as "horse meat" and lead to your death by the soldiers you fought for. Maybe, I'm too humane and see this side of WWI as a poor tribute. Of course, at least 25k or more were retained to remain in the war corps. Others were returned to England/UK or sold to European concerns(allies). These horses were mostly a British side of the story and at least 125K were needed before BEF got to the battlefront.

Ironically, as I see it the Germans during WWII relied greatly on horses. Even though much is made of the mechanized side of WWII, horses became a large 2ndary source of transportation of supplies and material.

I just thought is was interesting reading and decent movies. FYI- Warrior, lived until 32yrs old and with his famous general too, retired to the Isle of White after WWI -----Willy Happy

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Work horses
by Steven Haninger / February 20, 2013 12:51 AM PST
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Teams of horses and oxen were used last year at Dawes arboretum near Newark to clear fallen trees from late June storm. It was said that these animals could go where heavy machinery couldn't be used without doing too much damage to good trees. As well, the horses don't compact the soil the way machinery does and this allows native vegetation to come back more quickly. Of course if you've driven through Amish country in Ohio, Indiana or Pennsylvania, you've seen carriage and plow horses still very much in use.

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Trees and horses/mules
by Willy / February 20, 2013 1:53 AM PST
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I remember after hurricane Hugo, the yr. before Homestead the damage it did in S.C. where I lived. After a few weeks, I noticed huge flatbed trucks hauling tree limbs and long limbs at that out. Found out later that these going to be made into boat parts and followed the natural growth to harvest the part. They used mule teams to get the trees and logs out, including the stumps, nothing was wasted.These were old growth oak for the most part.

Yeah, I've been through eastern Ohio and bumped into the Amish world of horse buggies. Saw Mennites(sp) as well but going down 2-lane roads was a hassle at times. Hard workers that's for sure. -----Willy Happy

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No doubt you've circled around in a parking lot
by Steven Haninger / February 20, 2013 2:09 AM PST
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and found the only empty spaces to have signs for handicapped only. Amish country has its own variation as you'll find spaces with hitching rails. I'm not sure what the consequences might be if you put your iron horse in one of those and tied a rope between bumper and post. You might make sure your windshield washer fluid tank was full.

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(NT) I like the way you think!
by James Denison / February 20, 2013 3:46 AM PST
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Save a penny
by Willy / February 20, 2013 4:31 AM PST

I've visited my friends in Wisconsin some time back. There they have Amish too in the hills sorta speak. Great farms and all, but very bad "road mines" all over the place. I would hate to fix a flat after traveling alot around there.

On that note, my friend has a bait shop and sells permits from his shop. There is a week where the Amish(maybe others) are allowed to fish w/o purchasing a permit but have to have a permit regardless. He says, they line-up all day to get them and hardly sees them any other time in those numbers. Shocked -----Willy Happy

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