Archive | November 2011

Great Horses in History Part 1

I’ve decided to start this series called Great Horses In History (GHIH).  Enjoy!

Bucephalus

Bucephalus was the favorite horse of  Alexander the Great.  As story has it, when Alexander was only ten years old, he tamed the horse no-one could tame  – Bucephalus.  Bucephalus carried his master in many great battles, even against the great war elephants.  Many historians have written about him.

“King Alexander had also a very remarkable horse; it was called Bucephalus, either on account of the fierceness of its aspect, or because it had the figure of a bull’s head marked on its shoulder. It is said, that he was struck with its beauty when he was only a boy, and that it was purchased from the stud of Philonicus, the Pharsalian, for thirteen talents. When it was equipped with the royal trappings, it would suffer no one except Alexander to mount it, although at other times it would allow any one to do so. A memorable circumstance connected with it in battle is recorded of this horse; it is said that when it was wounded in the attack upon Thebes, it would not allow Alexander to mount any other horse. Many other circumstances, also, of a similar nature, occurred respecting it; so that when it died, the king duly performed its obsequies, and built around its tomb a city, which he named after it

The Natural History of Pliny, Volume 2 , by Pliny (the Elder.), John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley

“That on the further side, he nam’d Nicœa, in Memory of his Victory over the Indians; This he nam’d Bucephalus, to perpetuate the Memory of his Horse Bucephalus, which died there, not because of any Wound he had received, but meerly of old Age, and excess of Heat; for when this happen’d, he was nigh thirty Years Old: He had also endur’d much Fatigue, and undergone many Dangers with his Matter, and would never suffer any, except Alexander himself, to mount him. He was strong, and beautiful in Body, and of a generous Spirit. The Mark by which he was said to have been particularly distinguished, was a Head like an Ox, from whence he receiv’d his Name of Bucephalus: Or rather, acording to others, because he being Black, had a white Mark upon his Forehead, not unlike those which Oxen often bear.”  Arrian’s History of Alexander’s Expedition, Volume 2

In 326 B.C. Bucephalus carried his master into battle.  When Alexander told him to go forward, the horse refused.  Instead he turned and raced back with Alexander riding him to the back flank.  There he kneeled, allowed Alexander to dismount, and fell over dead.  It was later found that Bucephalus was suffering from severe battle wounds.  However, he made sure his master was safe before dying.

Bronze statue of Alexander on Bucephalus , Museo Nazionale di Villa Guilia, Rome, Italy

Image from here.

Image ID: 495507  The taming of the great horse Bucephalus by the boy Alexander.

Image from here.

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Image from Wikipedia.

A Poll

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though this is a bit late (and I live in Canada), I decided to write a post about this.  I got the idea from this post.

Breeds of Horses that I’m Thankful For

First and foremost – the Arabian.  You can check out my post on the Arabian here.

My next favorite is the Palomino.  Not technically a breed but still beautiful.  Check out some gorgeous photos here.

The Morgan.  You can read my post on the Morgan here.

And last but not least – The Pinto.  You can read about the Pinto here.

Here are a few of the great horsey websites and blogs that I’m thankful for.

I hope you like these sites as much as I do.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Lotsa Links

I stare at the blank screen, searching my mind for something to write.  And then it hits me.  Why not put up links to my favorite horsey sites?  Since I’m going through a stage of writer’s block right now, I might as well give you something else to read.  So here’s a list:

  1. ArabHorse
  2. Ultimate Horse Site
  3. Wikipedia – Not your usual horse site, but it has lots of good horse info.
  4. Horse Diaries Blog
  5. Horse Crazy Girls
  6. Friesian Horses

Not a complete guide but a good starting point.

Praise to Dakino

I just want to thank the guest blogger, Dakino.  You may have noticed that I have been posting quite irregularly.  But Dakino has filled in for me with her wonderfully informative posts.  So I just want to say THANK YOU!  You can visit her great horsey blog here.

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Ponies Going Crazy

Hi Everyone!

This is Dakino and I just made a video of Garrod Farm’s ponies going crazy.  I don’t really like the music, but I guess it was one of the few that sounded decent from the track list.  So to identify them:

Black/White Pinto-Oreo

Buckskin-Spirit

chestnut w/ flaxen mane-Pumpkin.

I hope you learned your colorings or you won’t be able to figure out which pony is which! 😉  So watch these cute little ponies running in the Garrod’s pony area!