Taking kids for a ride
Young visitors are invited to saddle up and take a ride on the Canterbury Museum’s new life-sized model horse in the Christchurch Street.
The model horse was bought with the support of the Friends of Canterbury Museum.
The previous horse had been a popular fixture in the heritage street since it opened in 1999. It was recently retired, well-patted, photographed and climbed on by thousands of children over the last 18 years.
The new 15 hands-high baybrown horse is made from fibreglass with a genuine horse hair mane and tail. It wears the replica of a saddle and bridle that would have been used during the 1890s, the same era portrayed in the Christchurch Street.
The new horse can be found next to Archibald Admore’s Saddlery, named after Admore who made all types of saddlery, harnesses, horse clothing and racing gear sold from stores in Tai Tapu and Christchurch.
Museum director Anthony Wright said the horse was not only great entertainment but also helped set the scene to tell an important story about the city’s heritage.
Friends of Canterbury Museum chair Annette Harris said the children could enjoy a bit of fun as they climbed on its back and imagined themselves in Christchurch in the 1890s.
Canterbury Museum’s new horse will delight a whole new generation of children.