EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Hoof-position matters (Day 14)


Kodak Europe 1169


According to Wikpedia’s article, Equestrian Statues: Hoof-position Symbolism: “In the United States and the United Kingdom, an urban legend states that if the horse is rearing (both front legs in the air), the rider died in battle; one front leg up means the rider was wounded in battle or died of battle wounds; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle. . .”

Urban legend indeed! Would our tour guide lie to us?

On the other hand, what if the horse is rearing but the rider is standing next to him, still alive? Jerry says it means the horse died in battle.

I don’t think Trigger died in battle. Maybe it is urban legend after all.


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2 Responses to EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Hoof-position matters (Day 14)

  1. And if all four legs are in the air (and the horse has wings) it’s Pegasus.

  2. Enoch Stansfield (Nancy too) says:

    I can remember someone telling us this when I was on a tour once! Thanks for the reminder.

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