2011-04-09 / Columnists

A Quiz To Test Your Knowledge of Mackinac Island and Horse Trivia


by Candice C. Dunnigan

In late March of this year, I cut across the empty stable yard of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, when I walked down from the airport. Ahead of me at Four Corners were George Wellington and his taxi team, but save for them and one black crow in a cedar, the place was deserted. No boats were running yet, and that means no horses or hay had arrived to start the 2011 season. The barns in the yard were still closed tightly with their protective storm doors, and there wasn’t a hoof print in sight.

For the Island, this winter has been a long, cold one, but with very little snow. Trivia night at the Village Inn has given many Islanders a weekly treat to look forward to. While the times were never right for me to partake in the games when I was on the Island this winter, I thought it might be fun for readers of Horse Tales to see how “Mackinac horse savvy” they might be. So this week the challenge is to take this columnist’s quiz. The answers appear after the quiz, but no fair peeking until you’ve completed all 20 questions.

True or False: It takes 14 nails to hold a horseshoe to a hoof.

Where is the closest feed mill for Mackinac Island horse owners? a. Naubinway b. St. Ignace c. Rudyard d. Cheboygan

What year did the City of Mackinac Island ban the use of automobiles? a. 1899 b. 1898 c. 1901 d. 1908

What percent of horses on Mackinac Island are used commercially? a. 85% b. 75% c. 69% d. 50%

How many blacksmiths are there at work during the summer on Mackinac? a. 2 to 3 b. 9 c. 1 d. 3 to 6

How is a horse measured? a. By feet b. By hands c. By inches d. By centimeters

Where is most of the hay grown and produced for Mackinac Island horses? a. Northern half of the Lower

Peninsula b. Wisconsin c. Upper Peninsula d. Canada

What is a healthy horse’s average temperature and respiratory rate? a. 96F – 62 b. 102F – 50 c. 92-95F – 30 d. 99-100 - 45

What is the most predominant color of horses on Mackinac Island? a. Bay b. Chestnut-Sorrel c. White or Gray d. Black

How much does an average riding horse weigh? a. 800 to 1,000 pounds b. 1,500 pounds c. 500 pounds d. 1,800 to 2,000 pounds

True or False: There are no Friesian cross-bred horses that have lived on Mackinac.

True or False: On average a horse drinks four gallons of water a day.

Who was the last Michigan governor to ride horseback on Mackinac Island? a. William Milliken b. George Romney c. Jennifer Granholm d. James Blanchard e. John Engler

True or False: Stridor refers to the length of a horse’s pace or stride.

True or False: The last Mackinac Island chief of police to ride a horse on patrol was Phil Zeller.

Most horses are transported to Mackinac on a. Commercial ferry b. Barges c. Private shipping containers

True or False: The Mackinac Island State Park Commission is responsible for all of the equine ordinances on Mackinac Island.

The Chicago Riding Stable was located where? a. Mahoney Avenue b. Mission Hill c. Grand Hotel d. Market Street

True or False: On Mackinac Island, horses have the right of way.

Answers to Trivia Quiz

False. Six nails
D. Cheboygan
B. 1898
A. 85%
D. 3 to 6
B. By hands – one hand
measures four inches wide
C. Upper Peninsula
D. 99-100 – 45
B. Chestnut in all shades
A. Average being a 15.1 hand
False. A horse can drink five
to 10 gallons a day, more if
A. 15 years. We have many
“senior” equines who live on
the Island
C. Jennifer Granholm
False. Stridor refers to a
croupy sound or breathing malady of a horse
False. Chief Otto Wandrie.
D. Market Street, now the
home of Cindy’s Stable
True, in most circumstances

Candice Dunnigan is an active member of the American Equestrian Association, the Waterloo Hunt, and Mackinac Horsemen’s Association. Seasonally she resides at Easterly Cottage.

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