A 4th Century BC War hero.

This week I am focusing on horses who were heroes of war. This one comes from far in the past, a horse from the 4th Century BC.  Bucephalus. Here is an excerpt from Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book “The Horse Book-Horses of Historical Distinction”. “Bucephalus was the beloved horse of the Macedonian general and conqueror, Alexander the…

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: Trigger and Roy Rogers.

When I was a kid Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger were my favourites. I used to watch them on tv . Trigger made his name in films in the 1940s and 1950s and later several TV series with his owner Roy Rogers. Trigger learned more than a hundred cues for assorted tricks and could…

Have you read Black Beauty?

Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book, The Horse Book, has some background on the well known book Black Beauty. I loved this book as a child and thought I could share what she says about it here. The novel Black Beauty was written by Ana Sewell ‘to induce kindness , sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses’. Sewell,…

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…