Bilbo Baggins and Sue Day. Source image.

Cob makes historic 128-mile horse-boating journey (UK)

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Cross-posted from Horse Talk NZ

Bilbo Baggins and Sue Day. Source image.
Bilbo Baggins and Sue Day. Source image.

A cob stallion named Bilbo Baggins has made history, towing the first horse-drawn canal boat from Leeds to Liverpool in 68 years.

The 128-mile journey took Bilbo Baggins five months, as he pulled the historic 150-year-old 60-foot Yorkshire narrow boat Elland.

Horse Boating Society chairwoman Sue Day, who travelled on board, told the BBC that horse-boating was now incredibly rare.

“There are only five of us in Britain with horse-drawn boats,” she said. “People just love to see a horse-drawn boat come through their locality.

Day said Bilbo Baggins was fine after the journey, as they had taken the journey “very easy”.

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