Horse and Buggy 19th Century Style

Yoo hoo! Amy... you there? Just checking up on you in the 19th century, because, you know, it feels like it's time to get my blood pressure raised sky high. 

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Shhh. I'm trying to sneak out before the man who owns this place and his wife wake up.

But, you're all dressed up. Aren't you working in the store today? Are you going to church when you're not forced to? (Yeah, it's a joke).

Nah. Today's the day I'm gonna find Charlotte and her wealthy husband, George. Just gotta walk a coupla block the to the stable where they keep the horses and buggies.

What do you mean? You're going alone? You wouldn't be thinking of stealing a horse and buggy by any chance, would you? Yeah, um, well I don't think there's gonna be a cab passing by any time soon. Whaddya want me to do? Yell for Uber? Hey! ... are you an Uber HORSE?

Oyyy. Suddenly I feel a headache coming on.

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Seriously, you gotta relax.

I have it all planned out. Just gotta find a horse already hooked up to a buggy. I told ya I already have a map and everything, so I know where I'm going. Easy peasy. 

In the mid 1800s when you currently exist, the type of horse and carriage you are planning to steal is no doubt a light, two person buggy drawn by one or two horses. 

In the 19th century it is the main method of transportation. Horseback riding in towns like the one you live in is less common and takes skill and more practice than driving a buggy. Buggy horses are already trained and used to pulling occupants. Even children during this time are comfortable driving them..

Over 7,500 horses are living and working in Toronto.

Regardless of the weather, carriages are bringing citizens of wealth into the city, while the lower working class wait in the elements to board horse-drawn streetcars to get to their destination.

The Canadian Horse is a strong, well-muscled horse, used for riding and driving. These horses are descendants of draft horses imported to Canada in the 17th century, where they were then crossed with other American and British breeds. During the American Civil War (1861 - 1865) many horses were exported from Canada to become cavalry horses, and many were killed in battle. It was at this time that the Canadian government passed a law to prevent further export of these horses, to prevent the extinction of the breed.