Posted by Wayne Elliott on October 07, 2005
"Shank's mare"... Shank was a Scot who in the late 1800's invented a large reel-type lawn mower to better care for Scotlands famous golf courses. The mower was to heavy to be pushed by hand so Mr. Shank arranged for the contraption to be pulled by a horse. Hence, Shank's mare was associated with walking as the operator walked behind the mower. I saw this on the History chanel so it must be true.