Monday Minstrel: How Long?

Angkor Wat, temple complex at Angkor, near Siemreap,Cambodia, that was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II (reigned 1113–c. 1150). It is the world’s largest religious structure, covering some 400 acres (160 hectares), and marks the high point of Khmer architecture. Wikipedia Horses have been with us for millenia and they have served…

Monday Minstrel: The Pony Mad Child

Do you have a pony mad child? Here is some excellent advice from Tina Bettison in her book, “100 ways to live with a Horse Addict.” Beware of falling into the trap of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’. No matter what your child’s friends have, you do not need a splendid, state-of-the-art horsebox that travels…

Monday Minstrel: spotted horses.

This is a photo of the spotted horses found in the Peche Merle Cave in Dordogne, France and dates to 25,000 BC. Here is a quote from Tamsin Pickeral’s book “The Horse . 30,000 years of the Horse in Art.” The spotted horses may have been an actual representation of horses in that area at…

Monday Minstrel: The Male Horse Addict

In her book 100 ways to Live With A Horse Addict Tina Bettison outlines “Behavioural Differences Between the FMA ( Female Horse Addict ) and MFAs ( Male Horse Addicts). For Monday I give you one humorous mention of the Male Horse Addict. Have a Happy Monday!

Monday Minstrel: Bucephalus and LAPC #198

What does the horse of Alexander the Great, Bucephalus, have to do with this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge? The challenge from Patti is Light and Shadow. Here is the reason it is relevant to this famous horse. Alexander the Great managed to tame the Thessalian horse.No one else had been able to do this….

Monday Minstrel: The horse in 17,000 BC

There is and overriding sense of forward propulsion see in the procession of fine horses on the south wall of the Axial Gallery deep in the caves of Lascaux.These horses are going somewhere, heading purposefully round the smooth curve of the wall. Their prehistoric artist, working to the flickering light of a fat-burning lamp, used…

Monday Minstrel: The horses of the Camargue.

This post is a copy of an article from the FEI.org ‘Editors Pick for January’ online magazine. It is written by Patricia Salem. Patricia Salem(Patricia is a former professional equine massage therapist and recreational rider. ) We take a closer look at this stunning horse… A trip to Southern France wouldn’t be complete for equestrians…

Monday Minstrel: Patient Bird

I was sitting in my car, eating a take-out sandwich, and I had the window down. I could hear all the birds singing and chattering. Then I noticed this little bird. He was on top of a hedge and let out the occasional chirp to let me know he was there. He knew I had…

Monday Minstrel: The Warhorse of Medieval times was a pony!

Back in the pre-pandemic days, when we were still travelling my husband and I did a tour of arms and armories in England. There were several horses in armour to be seen and it was clear the horses were not huge. So when I recently saw an article in Heels Down online magazine I thought…