Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
8. Saddling Up With Horse Tales
Chapter 8 Saddling Up With Horse Tales Human-Horse Team Ever since humans first teamed up with horses, humans have carried forth inspirational stories about the magnificent creatures. These sto- ries as conveyed through the literary and fine arts from generation to generation across cultures throughout the globe are rich and profound. These are the hoof prints in the sand reminding us how deeply horses have contributed to human lives and permeate the human psyche. In many parts of the world, newspapers, radios, magazine and on- line event calendars, and Facebook postings are filled with opportuni- ties to team up with horses and enjoy pleasure riding on horseback or in horse-drawn carriages; participate in trail riding, jousting, jumping, and other equestrian sports; and attend or take part in horse shows, polo matches, roping games, and rodeo events. Books, paintings, and sculptures bring symbolic, mythological, and natural horses into our homes and hearts. For the fortunate who have neighborhood libraries, libraries on wheels, and bookstores; for the many who have access to books online (for purchase or instant download) and books on tape; and for those who are able to visit museums and galleries both virtual 68 riding on horses’ wings and real, a variety of portrayals, interpretations, and renditions of hors- es and horse tales are available. Horses in Books Abound Such popular books as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (1877) with its multiple film adaptations; John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony (1933) later made into a movie...
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