German Boys Games: Playing Horsey

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Figure 1.-- Here we see a group of German children playing horsey in the early 1920s.

A popular game in the 19th century was horsey. Childrem would pretend to be horse and driver. This might be played with stick horses. Or children might fashion reigns and one or more children would pretend to be the horses and another child would be the driver. Tpy stores even sold play reins. This could be played with a wagon of some kind, but often children played it as a running game without a wagon. After the turn-of-the 20th century, horsey declined in popularity as trucks began to replace horses for transport. A German reader writes, "In 1944 when I lived in the countryside, after being evacuated from Stuttgart, we played 'horsey'", 5 to 10 year old children. I don't remember playing it in the city though."


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Created: 11:12 PM 10/27/2007
Last updated: 4:47 AM 10/28/2007