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Equine Brooklyn, 1826

The Season. Hay has been sold in some parts of the United States, within a few weeks past, at nearly as much per lb as superfine wheat flour; and oats have risen almost as high per bushel as wheat! The latter is recommended to be freely used, as being more economical than either hay or oats for the for food of horses— and many horses are chiefly fed with it! The crop of oats, of the present season, has been nearly destroyed by the drought— the hay crop will be a very short one indeed; that of rye will be deficient, and that of wheat will be small compared with the sheer quantity of land cultivated. Garden products, and other vegetables for table use, are very scarce, and consequently very dear; their quality, also, is inferior. Hay has been sold at 30 and 40, and in some few places, by report, at 50 dollars per ton!— when flour did not command more than about 4 1/2 dollars per barrel.

A correspondent of a Brooklyn paper says— “I observed, in your paper of Saturday last, that flour is used in Philadelphia for horse feed, on account the low price. Will you be so good as to inform our brethren of that brotherly city, that a baker in this village keeps my horse at 12 dollars per month, and feeds him on light wheat bread, made from the same flour that he serves his biped customers with, when made into excellent bread. He says it is less expensive than oats for feed.”

Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, July 1, 1826

What did William Gaddis know about horses? Quite a bit, actually.

What did Ronald Shannon Jackson know about horses? He often wore boots.

What did Ray Price know about horses? Heck, he raised ‘em!

 

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