Horses were used to pull narrowboats along the canal from about 1740. Up to two boats loaded with cargo would be attached to the horse with ropes and the horse then led up the towpath. Boat horses were used for around 200 years, with the last working boat horse on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal retiring from service in 1960.
As part of this activity help the children to learn about the history of narrowboats and in particular the use of horses on the canals.
IWA Branches can order WOW kits to help with running activites like this. The kit contains equipment for the activities and WOW banners so that you can run a number of WOW activities across an event site. Contact Gillian Bolt for more information.