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In the early days of settling the Northwest, it was common for woodsmen to set off into the wilderness with nothing but a few provisions and a pack. They were often exploring remote regions looking for new routes, prospecting for precious minerals, or just learning the lay of the land.

Shank is an old English term for the part of the leg from the knee to the ankle. "Shank's mare" is an old time term derived from the Scottish verb, to shank it, meaning to go on foot. It was often used wryly: "I haven't got a horse of my own for the journey, so I'll use Shank's mare to get there;" meaning I'll go on my own two feet. I have often heard old timers use a slightly different variation when referring to country too rough or heavily timbered to ride a horse through. They would often remark that the only way to get there is by Shank's mare.

Tim Shinabarger | "Ridin' Shank's Mare"

Bronze Edition of 35

"Ridin' Shank's Mare"


33" H x 16" L x 16" W
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