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Work Horse

Work Horse

Jack Hackney and his work horse "Buddy," near Coldwater Kansas, circa 1945. The picture has not been altered -- the horse was huge and Mr. Hackney was small.

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My dad's horse

When I saw this picture I immediately thought of something my dad had told me about life on the farm when they had this giant of a workhorse when he was a teenager. White, very tall and large and hardworking. Kind and gentle and he loved this horse. They used to do all sorts of chores with him but I can't remember if they used him for plowing. This would have been in the early 30's.

Thanks for posting this picture. I can imagine him and my dad together.

Love that horse!

What a lovely big horse..he looks kind, too. A gentle giant.

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