Horse Costume Series

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HKPNC/iStockphoto
HKPNC/iStockphoto

October snuck in under my radar. The leaves changing might have been a hint. Let alone all the big bags of candy in the stores. Not to mention the decorative spiders and witch’s hats.

But all that means is that Halloween is just around the corner.

So that you can plan your outfit based on our favorite critter, we’ll have a costume parade of horse costumes for tots and adults. Even for pets, who can be dressed up to look like horses.

But, before we look at the “store bought”costumes, let’s check out some made on-the-cheap with lots of Imagination.

When you click on the link, you’ll need to scroll down to see Homemade Horse Costumes. In one, you’ll see that a cardboard box and some paint makes a noble steed. Another starts with a stick horse.

Anyway, the next post will be horse costumes for babies. Enjoy!

“Horse Withdrawal” Update

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I found a place to get my horse fix while I get healthy enough to ride again – a place I’ve driven past almost daily in the <cough>ty years I’ve lived in Connecticut, USA.

Pleasant View Stables has been through many variations on the “suburban horse farm” theme over the years. But it was primarily a boarding stable. Now, they offer lessons and pony parties, along with boarding.

But I’ll be mostly in “The Kids Barn” where the lesson and party ponies reside. I’ll be grooming ponies. And one mule.

Editor’s note: As I write this addition in 2012, the Kids Barn at Pleasant View has not only been at another location for a couple of years, but it is now closed.

I’m not strong enough yet to ride, plus I never dealt with my lack of confidence in the saddle. Elaine at Pleasant View has agreed to let me groom to start getting my mojo back.

She’s understanding about granting my need to be around horses yet to allow me to take it very slow so that I can regain my confidence. Let alone my strength after years of treatment for an illness.

Now I just have to learn moderation. The other night, in a happy adrenaline rush, I groomed three ponies and one mule during the three hours my first night.

Several days later, though, I’m still taking muscle relaxers for the pain of unfamiliar tasks on top of daily wear and tear.

I need to learn moderation. No more grooming four of them in one evening. I have to learn to pace myself. No matter how much fun I’m having.

Equestrian Statue Code Cracked

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You’ve all heard this theory some time of another.

“They” — yes, the famous “they” — say that if you look at a statue of a historical figure mounted on a horse, the positioning of the horse’s legs shows how the person died.

So let’s take a look at a couple of statues of historic leaders.

Andrew Jackson

Statue Number 1
Andrew Jackson

Photo by Brent and MariLynn/Flickr

Yes, that statue looks familiar because it’s another version of the one in Layfayette Park in Washington, DC. You see it in some movies set in Washington, especially with the front portico of the White House behind it. This one is on the east side of the Tennessee state capitol.

Anyway,  Jackson’s horse is rearing. So, both front legs are up. What does that tell us about how the former President and general died?

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc

Photo by NCinDC/Flickr

This is the only equestrian statue with a woman “in the irons” in statue-laden Washington, DC. It’s in Rock Creek Park.

Here, the horse has one front foot up.  A hind foot is cocked.

So, how did Joan die?

Waitaminute — which hoof up means what? What does rearing mean? What does one leg up mean? Feed a cold, starve a fever? Had enough yet?

Yeah, me too. Let’s get to the answers.

After years of service as a general and a US President, Andrew Jackson died at his home The Hermitage at the age of 78 due to complications from tuberculosis.

Joan of Arc, a young French general who was later declared a saint, was burned at the stake by her British captors when she was 19.

So, let’s get to the bottom of the horse’s legs theory, once and for all.

According to Snopes, the positioning of the horse’s hooves offers no, nein, zip information about the life of the rider on his back.

So, there you have it. It’s another example that “they” – as in, the famous “they” – don’t have all the answers after all.

Snopes does.

All photos in this post are from Flickr through the Creative Commons license