Celebrations, October 10, 2014 – All things horses

Welcome to the latest Celebrate the Small Things blog hop, a brilliant idea conceived by Viklit (address below).  We post every Friday, and we tell of the things we are celebrating that week.  It can be something as small as not having to take a test and or as large as surviving cancer for yourself of a loved one.  The list of celebrations always makes me smile.   Why don’t you join?  it might make you smile (See the bottom of the page for details)

I have been going at a rum for the past several months.  That means I have been overcommitted and am spinning my wheels.  I’ve disengaged (gosh, sounds like psycho-babble, doesn’t it?) and am catching my breath.

This week I am celebrating one of the great loves of my life:  Horses.

Famous samurai with gray horse

Like a great many little girls, I fell in love with horses.  My first poem (which I am not posting here) had to do with a horse.  I remember I really wanted a dapple-gray horse with a white mane, which I would name Marigold.  Male?  Female?  I don’t recall.

I thought the gray was perttier

I love them, though, and I enjoyed riding them.  I have Japanese woodblock prints of horses in my house.

I said, once, that I thought they were beautifully proportioned.  My listener said “hah!  If they were beautifully proportioned, their legs would be as thick as their bodies!”  I thought it a silly retort.  Unfortunately, I was a very respectful child and the speaker was a grownup.  Otherwise, I might have suggested that he adjust his own proportions until everything matched his torso.

just a bit much, I think…

Surprisingly, though I love horses, I never had horsey print clothing, never wore jewelry with snaffle bit adornments…


One of my favorites is in the sky most times of the year, if you know where to look and can remember that he is galloping along upside-down.  You can only see his head, neck and forequarters, but the constellation is unmistakable:

I do have a favorite figurine of a Lipizzaner from Vienna by way of a generous friend:

Gift from generous Austrian friend

Anyhow, today I am celebrating horses, beautifully proportioned, and always, always elegant!

…Did I mention that they are truly, truly silly?


12 comments on “Celebrations, October 10, 2014 – All things horses

  1. I love horses too!! They're such beautiful animals!!! I used to ride and jump when I was a teen, and so did my children. But now I haven't been on a horse in years!!!

  2. Enjoy your special celebration! Luv horses.

  3. Inge H. Borg says:

    Glad to hear you are catching your breath to enjoy your love of the horse. What beautiful woodblock prints. And that little porcelain guy doing the “Courbette” isn't too shabby either; well-proportioned, I would say.

  4. L.G. Keltner says:

    I love that pegasus picture! It's always good to take the time to celebrate the things we love. Have a great weekend!

  5. Horses are very elegant animals. I always like watching them run.

  6. Diana Wilder says:

    Hi, Cathrina – I never did get Marigold, and it's been maybe ten years since I sat on a horse. I bet I'm just as good at falling off as I ever was!Diana

  7. Diana Wilder says:

    Thanks! Now if I could only find one to ride… Sigh…

  8. Doesn't it seem like little girls have a natural affinity for horses… and ponies? We're the ones who devoured all the books about horses, and of course, “Misty of Chincoteague.” Boys? Not so much. I wonder why that is. True to form, all my granddaughters love horses, but none of the grandsons do. It's been far too many years since I rode a horse, but I will always love them, and can still remember how wonderful it feels to move as one with such a magnificent creature.

  9. They are beautiful – expensive hobby, though. We live in horse country and I am grateful – for the sake of the family budget – that our daughter has been more interested in other things.LOVE Japanese woodblock prints. Several adorn our walls.

  10. Lexa Cain says:

    I adored horses too! I wanted a black one and was a bit disappointed when the only one my family could afford happened to be a chestnut. Silly, huh? Good for you for disengaging. Sometimes you just need a break. I hope you recharge soon! 🙂

  11. Lara Lacombe says:

    I loved horses as a girl too–I wanted one so badly, but had to content myself with riding lessons. Looking back on it, my parents were right–a horse would have been too much responsibility for me to handle!

  12. Beth says:

    I loved horses as a girl, and read every horse book in the local library. My “invisible friend” was a white horse named Jerina. I finally got a horse at age 15 and discovered I have almost no riding talent, but I still love them.

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