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Ron Creasey: last of the horselads

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Ron Creasey: last of the horselads - William Castle

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This is the story of East Yorkshireman Ron Creasey, one of the last farm horsemen to find work at a hiring fair in 1946. He was just seventeen.

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This is the story of East Yorkshireman Ron Creasey, one of the last farm horsemen to find work at a hiring fair in 1946. He was just seventeen.

During his years as a horselad, he lived in the traditional conditions, remained single and was paid just once a year. The Caley family for whom he worked expected high standards of farming and horsemanship and a great deal of hard graft. Ron loved the life, eventually rising to become Waggoner.

On the heavy clay of Holderness, horses were used for longer than in many other areas, and indeed Ron carried on using horses until the late 1950s. After that he continued to be involved with heavy horses throughout his life. This no doubt helped him keep his skills and memories alive.

During 2006 and 2007, not long before Ron Creasey's death, William Castle recorded a long series of conversations with the horseman. It became clear that Ron had outstanding ability to recall the detail of his life as a horselad. This rich stream of knowledge and anecdote - all relating to horses and farming - is a story that we are very lucky to have.

Much of the book is written in Ron Creasey's words. William Castle draws on his own experience of working with horses to provide background and context. Besides being a historical record, it is hoped that some readers will be able to use the information in the book in a practical way, continuing the help Ron gave to so many others with their own horses.

William Castle writes for Heavy Horse World magazine.

Additional Information

ISBN 9781906853969
Author William Castle
Book Type Hardback
Book Dimensions N/A
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