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January 18, 2011

Newly Restored Sleigh in Action

Filed under: Harness & Driving — Ramshyttan Horse Farm @ 12:30

Arion, Isabella and Marie with the newly restored sleigh in front of Ramshyttans manor house

We bought this 150 year old sleigh from a friend. It had been standing in a barn on his parent’s farm for the last 50 years. Some time before that it had been in an accident and two of the ‘chassis’ beams were snapped. It seems the sleigh must have hit an object – maybe a rock under the snow – which caused it to turn over and break.

In the later 1880′s the sleigh was the winter transport for a doctor who lived south of Örebro. He used it to visit his patients. If he had to take someone to hospital, the seat could be removed, and the patient could be transported in reasonable comfort. Then the doctor would sit on the ‘bicycle seat’ at the back and control the horses from there.
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