Monday Minstrel: A Quote for the New Year.

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”——- Michelle Obama A new year starts tomorrow. 365 opportunities. Your story is waiting to be written. By you!

Monday Minstrel: Horses Ancient and Modern in India

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the opportunity to learn from other bloggers about parts of the world that I have never visited.  A couple of days ago I visited the blog website of S. Jayaraman and found some very interesting  photos of horse sculptures. Here is the first one that captured…

Monday Minstrel:Showing off!

I photographed these two horse figures in the home of former British Prime Mnister, the late Edward Heath. He had collected these pieces in China. The one in the foreground is a replica of a very famous bronze statue dating from the Eastern Han Dynasty ( AD 25-220) that was found in 1969 in the…

Monday Minstrel: Forget St.George. The horse did it!

St. George gets all the credit for slaying that dragon but let’s face it. The horse did it. The horse did all the trampling and St. George just administered the coup de grace. I have always associated St. George with Britain but it seems he also had large following  in the Russian Orthodox church and…

Monday Minstrel: Uber or Hansom Cab?

When Sherlock Holmes said to Dr. Watson:”the game is afoot!” that meant they were off to solve a mysterious case. A murder? A robbery? And when the ‘game was afoot’ how did they get to the crime scene? This was long before Uber taxis. In Holmes day the way to get across London was in…

Monday Minstrel: Dressage Humor

After the splendid dressage at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon I thought we could have a bit of  humor.  The first photo is one that has actually happened to me. It happened when I was a teenager riding in a three way event and in the dressage phase my horse ducked down and grabbed…

Monday Minstrel: Przewalski’s Horse

Equus ferus przewalskii .  This rugged little horse was found in Central Asia by Nikolai Mikhailovich Przewalski who was on an expedition in the region in May 1879. The little horses he saw were smart enough to get wind of him and his expedition and flee. Przewalski liked to shoot first and ask questions later. Anything …

Monday Minstrel:The Paint Horse.

  This is a photo of a print of a Kiowa Warrior and Wife by Stephen Mopope ( 1898-1974). The Kiowa were Plains Natives and the horse  was  part of the family. The horse made it easier to hunt and to move camp. Paint  horses were especially valued as their coloring was not only attractive…