a day at the park (horse park, that is)

lots of horses.   painted horses, traditional horse statues,

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not-so-traditional horse statues.

a take on the wooden hobbyhorse

metal and speed

crystal thunder from above

as (almost) always, more pics at teh flickr

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20 thoughts on “a day at the park (horse park, that is)

  1. They are the most beautiful of creatures! In life or in art!

    I have loved my trips to KHP. I am so glad you are posting these pics!
    The Trail of Tears horse is so moving.

    • Pegasusses are Pegasusses for a reason.
      the motto of the Kentucky Horse Park is – …And Thou Shalt Fly Without Wings

  2. Wow, that’s just like the cow thing they did in Kansas City a few years ago. We have a statue done at the Kansas City Zoo that is a horse made from driftwood that looks so life like. If I get back to the zoo this year, I will get a picture.

    • driftwood can be very lifelike – all those tangles and cords mimic tense muscle under the skin.
      hope you get a chance to go to the zoo this Fall.

  3. I saw the wooden hobby horse on your Flickr account and thought it was like an East Indian horse figurine I had years ago. Do you know anything about the artist?

    But I gotta go there if I ever make it to KY again. I think I could spend a couple of days just looking at the horse art.

    • I went by the Kentucky Experience pavillion where the hobby horse is being displayed specifically to find out about it – there are two, but no plaques or other artist info – and the folks (wo)manning the pavillion had no idea.

      you are right on with the East Indian influence – I saw the same

  4. I like the metal and speed (speed metal?). It’s quite beautiful; however, when I first saw it I thought “Terminator Horse”.

  5. While the chandelier is cool in a way, it creeps me out, too. Some kind of demon-horse getting ready to trample from above.

    • it looked better in person. I guess my flash made it looked more yellow, as if licked by hell’s flames.

  6. OUTSTANDING POST!

    I watched some of the show jumping on TV yesterday, or was it Saturday?, and I swear to Dan Patch I thought to myself:

    -I wonder if Mariser is there, sipping on a cool mint julep?-

    The announcer said they are doing Driving next weekend …. Jumping and Cross-Country are cool, but I am a pony cart kind of girl.

    • heh. that’s sweet. I’m trying to convince teh LK to take off a day from work Friday so he can go to the driving events and take lots of pictures.

      as far as a ‘cool mint julep’, it’d been gladly exchanged for a hot chocolate yesterday. it was cloudy and chilly.
      I’ve been volunteering alongside thousands of other Lexingtonians – it is fun being there.

  7. A horse is all nobility and gentility.

    The wooden hobby horse reminds me of the terra-cotta horses that were buried with their t-c masters so long ago.

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