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Hutchinson Sharp Horse on a Pedestal
This building is classic Medicine Hat – a true gem. Anyone who grew up in Medicine Hat will recognize the significance of this old downtown building to the working ranchers of the area. Tackles, ropes, western jeans and yes, even sparkly belts were displayed here among the many kinds of work clothes. We weren’t from a ranching or farm family, but I liked to visit the store and slide my fingers along the sinewy muscles of the horse statue standing at the entrance.
Now remodeled, the Western Store with the Horse at the Door entertained many a kid over the years. I photographed this little horse on the pedestal a few years ago. Unfortunately, the horse had been moved from the outer doorway.