Horse Tales from the Drumheller Region

Creator(s): Homestead Museum

Horse Tales chronicles the critical role of horses in the lives and livelihood of pioneers in the Drumheller, Alberta region. Horses transported people, goods and crops. They pulled wagons, sleighs and equipment. Ranchers used them for herding cattle. Farmers used them to draw implements for sod-breaking, sowing and harvesting crops. Whatever their use, all horses required feed year round, great quantities of hay and oats grown and harvested by ranchers and farmers to keep their working animals healthy and strong. In words and images, some of the descendents of these pioneers describe life as a pioneer rancher, farmer or homesteader. Many of their stories reveal the unique relationship between riders and their horses.

Horse Tales begins with the hardy souls looking for a new life who settled by the badlands, in the valleys and on the prairie near the site that would become Drumheller.

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