The Horse and its wonders.

In the 1800s, horses were used for just about everything. Horses were ridden into battle and war with soldiers atop them; they were used for transportation, farm and yard work, sports, and hunting. Basically, horses were used for everything at this time because the technology was minimal, and horses were simple and readily available. Horses were often used to pull a buggy or wagons behind them with passengers inside. Before the car, a horse was the most useful form of transportation. In this period, they had steam engines, but tracks had to be laid out to a precise location beforehand, non to mention trains and tracks required a lot of expensive metal that had to be hand-shaped and required coal to run it. Horse's can walk over almost any terrain and go in any direction as long as they have food and water. Many people were apprehensive about using cars when they were first invented because they cannot think for themselves in dangerous circumstances. For example, if a car driver fell asleep at the wheel or was not paying attention to a mountain road, they could drive right off, crash, and die. On the other hand, with a horse, it would never just jump off a cliff no matter what the rider is doing; it can think for its self and prevent some dangerous circumstances for the rider. Horses had a vital roll in this era. Horses even pulled early day ambulances taking the injured to the hospital.

Today I have acquired a new equestrian; although he may seem quaint compared to these coal-powered iron beasts, he will suit me just fine. I think I will name him Furganand, and we shall ride all over these lands together. Furganand cost me my last 25 shillings, but I know he is worth all the money I spent on him. My new acquisition gives me the freedom to go wherever i please. All my trusty steed needs are food and water, these steam engines' frivolous producers, and these rumors or horseless carriages spent far too much currency on their travels. My horse and I are now going to market, but I shall return in a fortnight with sustenance for the household.

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circa. The middle of the month Spring 1825

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