Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 16:59:13 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Tail above the dashboard
This is just a guess, but it seems to me that if the horse's tail was above
the dashboard it would keep from getting muddy, but it would also give the
driver a very disadvantgeous part of the horse to look at. So MAYBE this
means, "Don't worry about others--take care of your own tail"!
I remember my grandfather (born about 1880) singing a little song, "Horsey,
keep your tail up, keep the sun out of my eyes." He explained this to me as a
joke--nobody in his right mind, he said, would want the horse to keep its
tail up, even to keep the sun out of his eyes, since that would mean that the
horse's anus was directly at face level. Apparently, the dangers of
flatulence among hitched-up horses was a topic much joked about in the days
of horse'n'buggy and horse-drawn ploughs. People did not smoke while
ploughing, he said, for fear of explosion. But here he may have been pulling
my little-boy leg?