Grooming a Horse – The Victorian Way

Morning, I’m John Barker, I’m one of the
grooms here at Audley End. I’ve just finished mucking out one of the
stables and I’m about to go groom one of the horses. You can give me a hand if you
like. Come with me and I’ll show you how. This is Harvey, he’s calm, steady and reliable,
which is ideal for a Lady who likes to ride side saddle, which is just what I’m going
to prepare him for now. Morning Harvey! I’ve just had word from the house that Miss
Willoughby wants to leave in quarter of an hour, so I’d better get a move on. Once he’s had a good going over he’s ready
for the tack, now our Lady visitor naturally rides side saddle so Harvey’s tack is quite
different to that of Lord Braybrooke’s horse. Now it usually takes me twelve minutes to
get the horse groomed, tacked and over to the house. I hope I’ve not delayed myself nattering
away to you. Better get up there I suppose. Come on ‘tck ‘tck

32 thoughts on “Grooming a Horse – The Victorian Way

  1. More from the stables, please- hunters, the carriage horses, even just a tour of the barn!
    And that clipped in EH quarter mark was cute!

  2. I love history and I love horses, but I don't love when someone leading the horse With only one hand. At all the stables I have been at you would never get away With. It's a very important safety rule.

  3. What’s his accent? I’m not a native English speaker and it reminds me of an Irish accent, but that seems unlikely since this is English Heritage.

  4. What's with the roached mane? This was not informational whatsoever. You didn't explain how to pick feet, the dandy brush, curry comb, how to handle it move it from the horse.

  5. Not exactly a how to video about how horses were groomed in Victorian times, but Mr. Barker has a winning smile for sure. I guess horses are groomed the same way nowadays — curry, brush, smooth — except we now have silicone hair polish for the tangley parts.

  6. Guessing from those handful of dislikes, barn witches must have passed by…People can't even appreciate any kind of video that happens to include a horse anymore without getting all caught up in doing things "proper" (according to them), smh. This was a lovely video, glad I came across your channel! You make such enchanting productions!

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