Human History is Written in Hoofprints

Human History is Written in Hoofprints‏

America is Rooted in Horsepower!

At Blue Star we are deeply committed to restoring our communities ties to their local history. We work whenever possible with schools, colleges, groups and historical societies alongside the horses reminding all of the contribution horses have made. Not many realize until they are told or it is pointed out that America depended on horse power for everything in the mid to late 1800's and many kept their horses right up until the 1950's. Many of those folks are here in New England. We all have relatives who can remember a time when we used the horses for delivering milk and so much more.

Early on we began using the slogan Human History is Written in Hoofprints. Of course not ALL humankind share their history with horses but most do. Horses are one of the most adaptable animals on earth and they been able to assist human in spreading culture, language, war and, our hope one day soon, peace.

Horses have always lifted us up and helped us dream and become more than ordinary in a mundane world. Most cultures have defined themselves through the select breeding of their horses. "Show me your horse and I will tell you who are" was a saying used right up into the 20th century. They have always represented how we want to be seen, noble, good, brave and worthy and extremely hardworking and committed.

In America, horses represented the working class as much as they did the aristocrats. Americans greatly influenced the breeding of the Percheron, Shire, Clydesdale, Belgian and Suffolk Punch. These horses became the heavy haulers and advertisers for the companies they worked for; their drivers were the original teamsters who still use the famous logo with two drafts and a wheel. Thunder and Lighting were their names; and it was for them, that some of the first workers rights were established as their owners stood up for a fairer treatment of them with deliveries and goods. Along with many other breeds these big draft horses helped lay the foundation for our railways, water ways and roadways and a way for our cities, towns, villages and farmlands to grow as they did.

"Horses jammed the streets of the Industrial Age cities, working in transit, industry, construction, shipping, commerce, and municipal government. They hauled streetcars, omnibuses, drays, delivery wagons, and private vehicles. Horses delivered raw materials to factories and trucked away the finished products. Horses delivered building materials to construction sites, dug foundations, powered cranes, and hauled away the dirt from excavations. They loaded ships, dredged harbors, and hauled in fishing nets. Horses brought produce, dairy products, meat, grain, and hay from surrounding areas into city markets to feed urban consumers and returned stable manure to hinterland farms. Horses conveyed baggage and packages, carried frieght to and from railroad depots and shipping piers, distributed coal, milk, ice, bread, and produce, delivered furniture and other consumer goods to homes and beer to saloons. They pulled fire engines, ambulances, street sweepers, and garbage wagons. Horses provided virtually all the power for the internal circulation of the city life because no other prime mover could compete with them technologically."

(source) Anne Norton Greene
Horses at Work
Harnessing Power In Industrial America