Mighty and Majestic
Horses: Well, would you have ever imagined a simple e-mail to the Museum would lead to an interview opportunity for us? Now that’s the kind of online content we’ve been hoping to see at the Middleville and District Museum!
Museum: So, let’s start with your names.
Horses: Well, I’m Bonhomme and this is my half brother, P’tit Guy. You can tell us apart because I have some white hair on my side.
Museum: And when were you born?
Horses: Well, I was born in January of 2018 so I’ll soon be four years of age. P’tit Guy, here, was born in May 2018. We’re old enough to work, but we still need a little more training just to learn the ropes, you know.
Museum: Now, I’m curious about where you were born?
Horses: On a farm in the Douro-Dummer area, just a few hours west up number 7 highway. Then we came here to this beautiful farm in the village of Middleville.
Museum: I believe you are Clydesdales so you must be very powerful.
Horses: Oh yes. We’re very strong. We are learning to do lots of jobs to help to out around the farm. It’s a busy place with lots of work to be done. We’re still young, in horse years, so we practice working together with our owner.
Museum: You seem to have quite an interest in history and the Museum. How did that start?
Horses: Well, we see visitors at the Museum every year when we’re out grazing in our pasture and we just got pretty curious what all the fuss was about. Besides, did you know that the Clydesdale breed originated in Lanarkshire, Scotland near the River Clyde? I guess it’s quite fitting that we came to live just about a mile from the Clyde River in Lanark Highlands. Clydesdales have a long history in this area. They’ve been part of the local Middleville Fair since the early 1900’s. You can learn interesting things like that at the museum.
Museum: Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us today. You’ve really become local celebrities on the Museum’s facebook page. We hope you come by when we open in the spring. In the meantime, continue to visit us online at middlevillemuseum.org and keep those e-mails coming.
Thanks to the Ouellette Farm in Middleville for allowing the Middleville and District Museum to share pictures and details of their magnificent Clydesdales, Bonhomme and P’tit Guy.
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