Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 08:22:59 -0800
From: Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Frontier Doctors (fwd) -Reply
Since you asked--
I and I'm sure several others replied. My message was:
The item in question was called a hitching weight. Cf.,
"hitching weight--a weight which, placed on the ground and attached by
a strap to the horse's bit, keeps the animal from going away. Used on
buggy horses or wagon teams only."
Adams, "Western Words", University of Oklahomah Press, 1968, p. 148
Similar definition in "Dictionary of Americanisms"
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
On Tue, 2 Jan 1996, Molly Dickmeyer wrote:
Dan Goodman et al:
Has anyone answered privately to your inquiry about the weight
frontier docs used to "anchor" their horses? I'm interested in this
dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]phl.lrpub.com
PS--Enjoyed the "20 Questions" feature on Jesse Sheidlower in the
Philadelphia free weekly _City Paper_ last month!