• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Stables - Tools of the Trade

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The tools or props that would be used in the stables would include the following:

  • Hoof Pick- a flat-edged metal hook used to clean the hooves of horses and mules.
  • Curry Comb- a wooden, rubber or metal oval comb with rows of dull teeth which is used to clean a horse's, mule's or ox's coat.
  • Brush- used to brush dust and sweat from the horse's coat and mane
  • Rub Rag- used to remove sweat and moisture from the horse's coat.
  • Whisp- a tool to clean and curry the horse's mane and tail hair. Picture of horse stall with a manger for hay and open window for fresh air.
 
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  • Frock Coat - used by dragoons during stable duty.
  • Head - used in drill known as "running at the heads".
  • Hay and Manure Forks and Rakes - Used for cleaning out and putting hay back in stalls.
  • Stable Brooms - For sweeping floors.
  • Shovels - For scooping manure out of stalls (not pictured).
 
Stable Tools TubWheelbarrow
 
Dragoon Saddle
  • Tack - includes saddles, halters, and bridles.
  • Utility Tub - used for various chores.
  • Wheelbarrow

 
 
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Did You Know?

Barrels in the quartermaster storehouse at Fort Scott

All supplies had to be strictly accounted for at Fort Scott. Upon discovery of 31 barrels of pork that had turned "soft and rusty", Lt. George Wallace, post quartermaster, recommended selling it to the Indians at $4.00 a barrel rather than disposing of it.