Tak­ing kids for a ride

Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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