Shoe the Wild Mare - Strange Christmas Games

Shoeing the Wild Mare is a traditional Christmas game that goes back to at least the early 17th century.
Get a narrow(a few inches wide),strong wooden beam and suspend it from the roof with two even length ropes. The beam is the 'mare' of the title and should be level yet high enough above the floor so that a player's feet are off-ground. A player 'the farrier' then sits on the 'mare' in the centre, a leg either side. This player has a hammer and has to give the underside of the beam "four time eight blows" at a designated spot. If he falls off, it is someone else's turn.
Much hilarity, and the odd broken shoulder ensues.

nursery rhyme:
SHOEING
Shoe the colt,
Shoe the colt,
Shoe the wild mare;
Here a nail,
There a nail,
Yet she goes bare.

weird web: wiltshire white horses
strange games no:89...category: party games

3 comments:

eastcoastlife said...

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Yehuda said...

Mont: you should provide an email ...

Check out:
http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A158752

Yehuda

Mr Blister said...

Thanks for the link Yehuda - I have never heard of The Human Fly game. I will have to include it in Strange Games
My E-mail address is on the blog near the top

montegue_blister@hotmail.co.uk

regards

Montegue