Presidential Equestrians

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White House Stables: built in 1857, destroyed by fire in 1864
The announcement, late in 1888, that President Grover Cleveland was enrolled to take private lessons at the Washington Riding School, inspired journalist Frank G. Carpenter to provide this survey of "Presidential Equestrians," which was reprinted (or excerpted) by newspapers across the country:
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NOTE: I have been trying, without success, to learn more about Franklin Pierce's blind horse. Neither hint nor kick seems to help.
 
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The above sketch is too early to include 350-pound President William Howard Taft,
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who repeatedly tortured his horse until 1911, when the poor beast was retired, and the White House stables were torn down, and replaced with a four-car garage.
 
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OK, just came from the Cleveland thread where Maria's story was told so it makes me wince to see him portrayed well.

Poor Taft's horse! If did make me laugh the guy rode in a running martigale and used what seems to be a Pelham bit. Both are used ( basically- too long to get into ) for aids keeping one controlled. That animal wasn't going anywhere in a big hurry. Little overkill there.
 

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Beginning of article says that Cleveland has a pair of matched drivers at 16 hands and weigh 2000# each. That is alot of horse packed into 16 hands. I like the description as to why they driven and not ridden... "their step is too heavy for comfort".
Captain obvious here but in regards to Taft's horse, that horse's cannon bones look a bit light for him.
I read that in 1911 Taft had the White House stables converted into a garage for cars. He also did away with the WH milk cow.
 
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