the horse

The Religious Affiliation of
the horse

Religion: N.A. CBR Scale: D

Name: the horse

Other Names: unnamed horse; Bob; Bobtail; Bob Tail; Bob-Tail; a bobtailed bay

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): Oliver Ditson & Company

First Appearance: Jingle Bells (Autumn 1857)

Creators: James Lord Pierpont

Number of Appearances: 1

Occupation: steed

Species: horse

Gender: male

Note: pulls a one-horse open sleigh

The horse described in the song "Jingle Bells" is actually unnamed. But confusion about the lyrics has led some people to interpret the song in such a way as to suggest that the horse's name is "Bobtail" or "Bob."

The line in the first verse ("Bells on bob tail ring") refers to the horse's tail as a "bob tail." These words are not capitalized, and the phrase "bob tail" does not actually refer to the name of the horse. The phrase is sometimes misheard as "Bob's tail," as if the name of the horse is "Bob" and he has bells on his tail. The line, in fact, refers to bells attached the "bob tail" of the unnamed horse.

The second verse of "Jingle Bells," which explicitly refers to the horse, refers to it only as "the horse":

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

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This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Jingle Bells (Autumn 1857)

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