11 posts tagged Horses
11 posts tagged Horses
Scottish sculptor and public artist Andy Scott is in the final stages of constructing this awesome pair of sculptures located in Falkirk, Scotland. These stupendous horse heads are called The Kelpies. They’re made of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding stand 30 meters (99 feet) tall, towering over the Forth & Clyde canal. They’re a stunning monument to Scotland’s horse-powered heritage.
The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.
Once Andy Scott’s Kelpies have been completed, visitors will be able to stand inside of them. Currently they’re scheduled to be open to the public in April 2014.
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Meet Alfie the mustachioed Shire Cross horse, possibly the only equine Movember participant. Alfie sports a handsome blond mustache on the end of his muzzle that measures an impressive seven inches long. Actually, that’s how long it was back in 2011, so it’s probably even longer now. His owners believe this splendid horsey ‘stache is the longest of its kind in Britain.
All horses have whiskers that help them judge the distance of food and other objects, but it’s not unusual for some breeds to grow mustaches. The funny thing about Alfie is that, while most mustachioed horses have their face fuzz trimmed every six months, Alfie absolutely refuses to part with his luxuriant whiskers. In fact, “his has been growing for five years and he is said to growl if stable hands try to give it a trim.”
"Alfie is kept at stables in Bitton, near Bristol, where stables manager Hayley Coxteth, 20, said: ‘He is a very headstrong horse and is very proud of his moustache. He is a real character. A few years ago it was really big and full but it now looks a little scraggy because it’s so long. It was bizarre when I first saw it and my first inkling was we need to shave it off. But he does not let you anywhere near it. You have to be very brave to try and tackle his curls. "
Hooray for Alfie and his awesome mustache! May those magnificent whisker inspire this year’s Movember participants, human and animal alike.
Artist Sandy Cramer of Knot Just Rope in Rockbridge, Ohio, spent 2.5 hours with water-based white paint, a brush, and a Vet Tech anatomy book as a reference in order to transform her horse Raven into the awesome Skeleton Horse you see here. If you visit Sandy’s Knot Just Rope shop in Rockbridge, you might get the meet Raven in person.
[via Laughing Squid]
The world needs more unicorns. We love them so much that we’ve created items that transform cats (and evil cats) and people into magical unicorns. So we were thrilled to learn that Rena Dearden of Cottonwood, Arizona is also working to make the world a more awesome and magical place. Rena creates custom plush unicorn horns for both ponies and horses. They are available for purchase in a variety of colours and accents through her Etsy shop, RusticHorseShoe.
[via Laughing Squid]
Who says you have to sit on a saddle in order to have an awesome time riding a horse? This little boy certainly knows that. He was photographed playing on a sculpture of a cossack’s horse during celebrations for the 383rd anniversary of the foundation of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Gillian Higgins is a champion horseback rider who teaches horse anatomy to veterinary students, riders, and caretakers by painting the skeletal and muscular systems on the bodies of live horses. She uses water-based hypoallergenic paints and spends up to 4 hours painting a single horse.
“Painting the skeleton and musculature on the side of the horse really helps to bring the subject to life, she told the Daily Mail. “You can discover how to get the best out of your horse by seeing exactly what happens as it moves.”
The English horse-ring champion and sports remedial therapist got the idea for “Horses Inside Out” back in 2006 after completing a degree in equine business management. She understood why many riders and trainers were struggling to learn all those bones and muscles with incredibly long names, and started thinking about a way to better make them understand how the horse works.
Head over to Oddity Central to learn more about Gillian’s awesome teaching program.
Horses stand in the shadows of a gigantic wooden table and two chairs during mild autumnal weather in a meadow near Doellstaedt, central Germany. Local wood designer Jens Braun created these enormous pieces of furniture to serve as shelter for his horses.
Photo by Jens Meyer