July Fun! The Ole Horsey Ride!

Ride a Cock-horse to Banbury Cross

As we celebrate our country’s all-important Independence Day, it is also a wonderful time to honor our British friends and thank them for the rich parts of our culture with which they have provided us. One of their specialties has always been the “nursery rhyme.”

A less well-known but ever-famous and very traditional one is “Ride a Cock-horse to Banbury Cross” published in 1784.

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.[2]

Rocking is very good for young children. Take advantage of these excellent lyrics to rock your little one gently and playfully to this famous nursery rhyme. I have never met a baby or toddler yet who didn’t enjoy one of those great mommy or daddy lap-created horsey rides. You can’t go wrong!

NOTE: There is a statue of a “fine lady” at Banbury Cross

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