Winnipeg Cab History / 35: Two-Horse Cabs (3)
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W.J. Hinman advertises the services on offer at his livery stable. Hinman, a longtime Winnipeg veterinarian and liveryman, was one of a succession of Palace Stable owners.


Henderson's Directory of the City of Winnipeg… for the Year 1888, p. 11.

Winnipeg Cab History / 35

Two-Horse Cabs (3)

Another factor, aside from practical economics, benefited western Canadian horses. A livery stable's reputation depended on the quality and condition of its horses which in turn depended on the care and attention they received.

The two-horse cab saved wear and tear on the horses. Simple mathematics proved that a pair of horses pulling a cab carrying four passengers and driver worked significantly less hard than a single horse pulling a lighter coupe carrying two passengers and a driver.

In 1910 when the city council briefly considered raising the minimum speed of a horse cab from six miles an hour to seven, the stable owners protested on the grounds that the higher speed was injurious to their horses. A.S. Bardal declared that if he saw one of his teams being driven at the proposed rate he would fire the driver.


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