Q. Could the reference to “snaking horse” in the J.P. Newton story refer to a horse used in logging? A “snaking horse” would pull logs from where they were felled through the trees to a loading area.
A. The reader is referring to a MyReporter question answered by StarNews staffer Ben Steelman, who wrote:
According to the website Equestrian Life, “snaking” is an old-fashioned term referring to stallions signaling dominance, often by turning its head and pointing – usually to signal that he considered a particular mare his own. Mares would sometimes “snake” to lead their foals. We’re not sure, but apparently Newton was breaking horses of this snaking behavior when it was unwanted.
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Date posted: February 5, 2013
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