One undisputed fact from Grant's childhood is the fact that he loved horses. Over time, he would come to have an almost supernatural connection to them. At age seven Grant began to take the family's horses to gather wood for the house and tannery. Although he was still too small to carry the wood himself–others would stack it and later unload it–Grant drove the team himself. Four years later he was plowing the fields and took over "all the work done with horses," as he recalled in his memoirs. His father always ensured that the boys received an education, so Grant did his equestrian chores while attending school full-time. Grant soon developed a reputation within the family for his horsemanship; he is said to have been able to move about the horses with ease, while other boys his age would get kicked when attempting the same feats. Grant could
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