Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Red Canoe Horse Blanket

This beautiful wool blanket is made by our friends over at Red Canoe. Before I started carrying these I remember going to friends for dinner and they had this blanket slung over a leather chair and it has stuck in my head ever since. This blanket was made to be thrown casually over some old chair or couch. It is so beautiful and masculine, just too look at it quickly you can see the quality of the stitching and beautiful dark wool. Definitely the perfect blanket for curling up with on the couch. Researching the history of Mountie hourse blankets today I came across a great RCMP website called 'Did you know...? Fun Facts'. Compared with Europe and America, Canada seems like such a young country so it's pretty exciting to me when I come across interesting bits of Canadian history, especially fun stuff like :

Did you know that the last dog dogsledsled patrol was in 1969?
The last dog sled patrol was from Old Crow, Yukon Territory to Fort McPherson, N.W.T., a distance of some 500 miles. There were two teams with a total of 21 dogs.

I was trying to find the meaning of the word 'Shabrack' which is the real term for RCMP horse blanket (who would have thought:it's of Turkish origin!) when I came across this website that explains all about the different shabrack styles.  

So in conclusion, I love this blanket and now everyone knows I am a  Canadian history nerd.

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