We have all heard about problems with early autos scaring horses, but here is a real life story from 1912. 50-50 chance it was a Ford.
One of our family members has been doing some genealogy work, including reading old newspapers from the area where her family lived at the turn of the century. Below is a snippet that she found regarding F. M. Anderson, who I believe to be my wife's great grandfather.
"The Jefferson Bee, September 4, 1912:
A Serious Accident.
Mr F. M. Anderson was very seriously hurt last Friday by being thrown from his buggy near the Culler home west of town. He was returning from Jefferson, accompanied by his son (Ralph), and the horse became frightened at an auto, dashed down the and overturned the rig into the ravine The boy escaped with a few scratches, but Mr. Anderson landed In the bottom of the cut, head thrust upon a rock. His scalp, above the forehead, was cut open for three or four inches, and his jaw bone was broken in two just under the front teeth. The ligaments of his arm were torn loose, and he was otherwise seriously hurt and bruised. The car at which the horse shied was driven by Mr. Al Battles, who, summoned help from town and brought the wounded man to the home of his son, Mr. Varal Anderson, where he was attended by Dr's Hamilton and Dean. Friends are pleased to know he is slowly recovering from his fearful injuries it seems the accident was no less of a surprise to Mr Anderson than it was to the auto driver. The horse did not seem to be scared at the auto, in fact showed no sign of alarm until the car was entirely past then the animal gathered the bits in its teeth, and dashed away at a headlong gait."