ALMONTE — An Almonte historian has self-published a book on Eastern Ontario life with horses in 202 pages filled with anecdotes.
Titled Horses of the Country: an homage the book follows the history of horses working in the bush and plowing and also carrying milk cans to cheese factories and winter sleighing.
Author Claudia Smith has been collecting oral history in Lanark County for more than 35 years and has documented rural life in the Lanark Era newspaper. She has written eight books.
“This is a horse book for everyone who loves horses,” she said. “People so used to car transportation these days would be surprised at how horses were everywhere in days past — not only were heavy horses used on the farm and light horses driven to town but there were horse-powered machines, lumber shanty horses, funeral processions and parades.”
The book costs $39.95, and is available at claudiasmith.ca as well as at Mill Street Books in Almonte, The Book Nook in Perth, White Pine Books in Arnprior and Ritchie Feed and Seed in Brockville.