Monday, February 8, 2010

Fantasy Horses

I have been thinking of the fantasy horses in my life, real and imaginary. Which is what I do when I should be working and can't get my focus on. It's the horses I loved as a kid and the breeds I wish I could ride today.

Here's my list.
Flicka. The movie or the book. First love, still my favorite color. Sigh.

Thunderhead. Probably the reason I wanted to ride the wild ones.

Scout. Way cooler than that sissy head Silver.

Sport, Buck and Cochise. In that order. I wouldn't have turned down Chub if somebody had handed me the reins, or Little Joe for that matter.

Macaroni. I hated Caroline Kennedy, I truly did. I wanted her pony so bad. Then her Dad died and I didn't hate her anymore. I figured she needed her pony more than I did.

My pre-Breyers. There was a Thoroughbred mare I named Southwind. She was an elegant dark bay and looked just like the police man's horse in the parks in Chicago.

A zebra. Any zebra.

The Pied Piper. Yeah baby.

Sea Star. I knew I could save him.

Justin Morgan's Horse.

Sham. I thought he was the epitome of what a horse should be.

Until....The Black.
Nothing ever overcame the Black.

He was freedom, acceptance, bravery and badass. No other horse could touch him.

I used to ride in the car and imagine him running through the countryside, breaking his heart staying even with us so he could whisk me away as soon as we pulled over for lunch.

I have the image of the Black so ingrained in my head I still see him out of the corner of my eye when I'm driving down a highway or galloping my horse out in the open.

When the movie came out I sat through it twice, even though the movie Black wasn't as good as the one in my mind.

Then came my real horses. I still have horses I would like to ride long enough to really understand.

A Morgan who can cow. They are so pretty. I would like to ride fence on one on a big ranch in Montana.

An Andalusian. I want one of the shorter, stockier ones and yes, I want to do cowhorse on him. It would be so cool. A fairy horse who can whack one down the fence.
I think about that one a lot.

A Shagya Arabian. We would do endurance. Probably the Tevis. And we would kick ass.

The Black. Still.

78 comments:

nagonmom said...

Yep, definitely the Black. Only why was the kid a guy? Girls love horses much more than boys, my thought as a horse crazed horse deprived girl.

But Trigger was the one for me. Beautiful, intelligent (he broke Roy out of jail once, and rescued him as often as Lassie saved Timmie) he set the standard for me. I still melt over palomino anything.

So now in my fantasy world, I can mix it all. Shagya Arab Palomino Desparado V and Topsail Whiz lines, reining, trail, endurance. Tidy too, never rolls in mud, and keeps a tidy stall. Sick sick sick. This is worse than Twilight! Total Disney!

mocharocks said...

Thanks Mugs. I'm stuck in the house with a newborn (since it's so cold out), bored and a little down, this totally cheered me up! I totally agree about Sham, I even had a Bryer of him :) I'd have to add The Pie to my list too.

mommyrides said...

I was a fan of Scout too, only because I was the great indian horse princess and every indian horse princess needed a paint, I mean, hello!!! I also had, when I was much littler, and forced to sit through piano lessons and practices, my wild mustang pony. He looked like the Black only smaller and he was the one who would come and rescue me and off we would go galloping through the fields of tall grass!!!! Wow, does that bring back a memory or two.

Shanster said...

Fun post! Yes, Scout was cool, the Black most definately and yeah, The Pie! I read a story in grade school called Doodlebug... a sick broken down little harness racer that a girl bought, nursed back to health and he turned into shiny, fabulous, worth something ... I always hoped I'd find a Doodlebug and be able to do the same thing.

Maybe my OTTB mare is just that for me in a subconcious way? grin

scaequestrian said...

The Black, always. Obsession. I have the entire series of books. I make a new portriat model of him every few years, he is now rearing, screaming defiance to the world. I plan to make the entire group of characters from the books. I have Flame, Bonfire, Satan, and Black Minx in the works.

Golden the Pony Girl said...

Wow great topic. I am such a day dreamer. I second that fact that I used to day dream while driving about horses running beside the car. I did a ton of traveling as a child so I learned how to escape into my mind for hours. I am comforted that as adults you guys still day dream as well. Sometimes I worry about it.
The Pie is on my list as well as Sham. How about Zorro's horse Tornado? I had this chestnut arab breyer named Sundance I think-- he was a favorite of mine. As far as dream breeds I have always wanted a Welsh Cob, an Irish draft, a Lusitano and an Alka-teke. I came close to my dream of a Lusitano as there was a barn closing sale of some locally. Alas still way out of my price range but the owner was kind enough to still give me a tour of the barn even though I had no mind to buy :) It was amazing!

glenatron said...

I have a fantasy saddlebred that I will use for dressage- with it's weird long neck and face and elegant movement we shall float around in slow motion to the music of theremins.

Also my horse is a noble destrier and all around hero-horse in my mind. It's just that when I actually see him he's still a chunky muddy cob with a grumpy nature and a tendency to consider any other horse playing up within half a mile as a personal challenge.

WarPony said...

Shanster said...

"I read a story in grade school called Doodlebug... a sick broken down little harness racer that a girl bought, nursed back to health and he turned into shiny, fabulous, worth something ... I always hoped I'd find a Doodlebug and be able to do the same thing. "

Oh my gosh, i didn't think anyone else had ever even heard of that book! I went on a quest when my daughter was little to find a copy of that book so I could read it to her. That book is singlehandedly responsible for my pony obsession.

I did find the book, too. The illustrations in it are just gorgeous.

if i ever get myself a little Hackney pony (and that is on my bucket list) guess what I am going to name him?

HorsesAndTurbos said...

Love the Black. Know who I liked even better? His daughter, Black Minx!

Hmm...wonder why my mare has some similarities? Freudian....

Oh, my stallion that galloped by the car was white ;)

Tammy said...

My neighbor and her friend would ride their horses into town and tie them at the garage while they went in to get drinks or rest or whatever. If I couldn't talk them into rides, I would pet them until they returned. The sorrel paint was named Angel. Tall, graceful and beautiful. The friend rode a very pretty bay named Concho. Concho was like the brown haired step-sister to the flashy Angel. I think Angel was always "my sister's horse" and Concho was "mine".

AareneX said...

Doodlebug! and Rosalind. and the Black, of course.

A friend once opined that our strongest "fantasy horse" is the one we bonded with earliest in our horse-book-reading life. That experience bends us in the direction that we tend to follow later, she says.

Well, it's certainly true that I can't take my eyes off of a nice black-bay mare, especially a standardbred. Standies are few-and-far-between here, but I've owned two (so far).

Whenever I'm lucky enough to be the passenger on roadtrips, I still watch the median for gopher holes that will trip me and my horse as we gallop alongside the car. Old habits die hard, especially when we fight to keep them alive!

badges blues N jazz said...

Confession: I have watched the black stallion so many times I have lost count. In fact, I just watched it again TWICE in the last couple of months because it was on T.v. I still cry, I still get shivers... yea.

badges blues N jazz said...

Oh wait! there is one particular movie that i cannot for the life of me remember the name of. It stuck with me and I have only seen it twice. It was a white pony and a boy, and the pony got stuck in a bog and the boy was trying to pull him out.. anyone remember that? The boy was Mute but spoke to save his horse.

Also, another fav... Far Lap..

mocharocks said...

Badges- at first I thought you were talking about Artax in Neverending Story...loved Artax...

One more I forgot that I think would be the coolest horse to have ever...Denny from The Man From Snowy River.

Susan said...

Oh geez, all of the above and I could add more. What about Black Gold and The Godolphin Arabian, or Smokey the Cow Horse. I read and reread them all. I wanted to live on that Wyoming ranch with Flicka and Thunderhead. Do you remember Flicka's parent's names? Rocket and Banner I believe, even though I haven't read the book for close to forty years. Do they have a name besides horse crazy for women with this illness?

Susan said...

badges blues N jazz-I do remember that movie with the white pony. The boy's name was Mark Lester I think, but I can't remember the name of the movie.

Heather (hpalmete) said...

Amazing post. Anybody read the "Billy and Blaze" books by C. W. Anderson? I still think of Blaze all the time and I haven't read the books in ages. The illustrations were amazing to an 8 year old bitten by the horse bug. And Artax, from the Neverending story will always have a special place in my heart. I still cry when he dies, and then again when he doesn't. I could go on naming for pages and pages but those are the two that are most important to me. Loved hearing everybody's tales!

mel said...

I had the Black of course. King of horses. But there was also Doodlebug, Penny (from "a very young rider"), White mane (as a kid I had the book and didn't realize it was a movie first), Tornado, Silver, Scout and Smoke (Butch Cavendish's horse). Did I mention I had a serious Lone Ranger obsession? My long suffering husband has been subjected to more hours of "the days of yester year" then I'm sure he cares to count. hahaha. I always wanted a white arab but I got a fugly abused black pony. I loved him with all my heart and he was my accomplice- together we raced across deserts (well, if you close your eyes in a hay field...)Thanks Mugs. great post.

Sarah said...

I have a Morgan and she is a wonderful horse. She can jump, she can prance, she can run, and she can chase. She's be an execellent cowhorse. Everytime she sees an animal other than a horse, her head raises up as high as it can go, she'll nicker, and take a few steps towards it. I thought she was afraid for the longest time, but after I let her take off after some llamas, I realized she just wanted to round them up. She's chased dogs, llamas, cows, minis, and donkies, and absolutely loves it. I'd love to buy a western saddle, bring her out west, and learn how to cow for a season. Even though I'm ride hunters, there's always a part of me that's gonna be a rope-em-and-brand-em cowgirl. I love watching old western films and shows (Young Clint Eastwood in "Rawhide" = YUM) and imagining I'm there.

Heather (hpalmete) said...

badges - was the name of the movie "King of the Wind"?

Anonymous said...

The Pie, always the Pie... Not sure why, but I loved that horse.

I use to have a Breyer of a re roan that was always my favorite to play with I named "her" Dancer.

badges blues N jazz said...

heather, COULD be, but I am not sure. Seems like it was filmed in England or something, Pony looked like a welsh and it was always overcast or raining in the movie. I just remember I LOVED that movie and have never been able to find it again.

Movie: Mute boy, bonded with white pony, white pony got stuck in muddy quicksand like bog, boy crying eyes out, trying to pull horse out and then father? comes to help and boy speaks!

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Heather (hpalmete) said...

badges - Ok, "King of the Wind" was another movie about a mute child and his horse... but your movie is "Run Wild, Run Free". Does that ring a bell? I don't want to post a link in the comments of someone else's blog but a search on Amazon should pull up some info for you. I LOVE horse movies!

kel said...

The horse in The Electric Horseman. Can't remember his name, but I have the image of him running free etched into my head. I so wanted to be Robert Redford and set him free to be a horse.

mugs... the trainer at the facility I used to board at was the real deal bull fighter from Spain. Came to the states to train dressage horses. When I moved in there were at least 12 Andalusian stallions in the barn, owned by some mexican politician. The trainer had them in various stages of training. Two in particular where 6 or 7 years old and the most amazing horses that I had ever seen. Both were about 16 hand grays with tons of dappling, long, long manes and tails. I got a chance to ride one and I gotta tell you, it was a thrill. I wonder... does that count as riding a andulisian cow horse if it was trained by a bull fighter?

Speaking of Bull Fighting... check this out on youtube. This horse is awesome and it is in your color! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgG_Gwy7Ysg

or go to you tube and type in "Merlin" and it should take you there. Talk about one I would like to ride - without the bull of course.

February 9, 2010 12:43 PM

mocharocks said...

Kel -Thank you! I've been searching for that clip! I saw it about a year ago, it is truly amazing!

mocharocks said...

PS - I'm not a fan of what they do to the bull, but the horse is incredible...

kel said...

I went to a bull fight here in California and they don't actual stab the bull like in the video, they use velcro. Still pisses the bull off.

HorsesAndTurbos said...

Okay, wanna hear a confession? I still have my books :) I'll have to go read them. Ride a Christmas Horse...I remember, with Inky, the mustang that was better than the purebreds for roping. Agh! I'm at work...will have to write again!

Jasmine said...

Anyone ever read the book "Sidi, Boy of the Desert"? I LOVED that white Arabian of his... always wanted to train a real horse to behave like that.

Also, there was a book where they named the mare Farfella because it was Arabic for Butterfly. *melts*

An Image of Grace said...

The Black always and forever.
I will always have a place in my heart for Arabians because of him, just don't tell my mare. I met Cass Ole in 1988, got to touch him. I will never forget it!

Shadow Rider said...

Black Beauty, of course! I read it when I was 5 and was hooked. I read and collected all the usual horse books, and yes, the Black Stallion series was a favorite. There was a series of books called the Best of the West novels. Many good horse books, but a favorite was Beyond Rope and Fence by David Grew. So I was torn between a black stallion (either Beauty or the Black) and a freedom loving Buckskin mare. As for movie horses, Silver, Tornado and Trigger were my favorites, they were all very smart and often saved their riders!
My dream horse? One exactly like the one I have now, but 22 years younger, and palomino!

HorsesAndTurbos said...

Of course, Black Beauty! The first time I ever cried reading a book. Poor Ginger.....

Amy said...

Wasn't there a red stallion in the black stallion books? I really liked him... and I also like the Black's daughter, but had forgotten her name until this post.

Also, as a kid... I SO wanted Misty from Chincoteague. I am still pissed that I grew too tall for a pony. >:(

Amy said...

Oh, forgot to mention, I would give my left boob for Smart Chic Olena, and I guess I would give my right boob to have the skill to ride him.

Helen said...

Oh. my. God BB&J, I had completely forgotten that movie, and you brought it flooding back.

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=491506

SillyPony said...

The pony from Summer Pony. Love the rags to riches story.

Bree from CS Lewis' A Horse and His Boy. It's a good thing horses can't talk, but I still like the idea.

I'd also take Hidalgo, as long as Viggo comes with. Then again, Hidalgo is optional....

joycemocha said...

The Black, definitely. Followed by Flicka and Thunderhead...funny, Miss Mocha reminds me of Flicka, only darker and without a flaxen mane!

And if I ever get it published, Mira and Elantai from my novel....snarky gray mare and elegant black stallion.

rockymouse said...

The Black.
I watched it with my son just this week and it was still fantastic.
The horse that ran after our family car was the Black. I thought this was my own little thing - I'm happy to know others did it too.
Flicka, the book.
Smokey the cowhorse is my all-time favorite.
I read Black Beauty over and over as a child...I should go back to it again, though it is sad.

rockymouse said...

I forgot to say:
It's sorta silly, since as a grownup I don't have romantic notions about wild-and-free-mustangs, but a fantasy horse for me is a black mustang.
Just in case the horsaii fairy is listening (or reading) let it be known that I also would not turn down an old-style Morgan.
(I very much hope the horsaii fairy is paying attention.)

Anonymous said...

I saw someone say Trigger and just wanted to let them know that he was auctioned off last Saturday.

I loved Black Beauty and Ginger as a little boy. I watched that over and over. I always wanted to be the kid that played with Black Beauty in the field having him find me in the tree. And I always wanted to be the one to rescue him and bring him home. And I wanted Ginger too. Poor poor Ginger.

Loved the Black and Misty of Chicoteague. I read the Thoroughbred series created by Joanne Campbell. I always wanted to some how escape to Kentucky to play on that farm. Those books made everything fun, including riding rogue horses.

My dream horse has always been a dark bay TB. I started out with a chestnut TB mare ex-racer. She still loves to run. Its the greatest thrill I have ever had.

This past summer I got a 2 yr dark bay TB. Not trained much. Halter and lead broke and a little lunging. He will be my hunter/jumper and trail horse. He really is my dream horse.

My fantasy job is to be a jockey but at 5'9" and 133 lbs, that fantasy as long been crushed but I would still love to do it. This fantasy is courtesy of the Thoroughbred series previously mentioned.

Anonymous said...

The link about Trigger and other taxidermied horses

http://www.cariswanson.com/wordpress/trigger-to-be-auctioned-off-at-sothebys/

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I agree with wanting the Black, however, for me, it MUST be the black Arabian, Cass Ole, who played him. I was lucky enough to meet him at one of the Arabian shows and he is truly gorgeous.

And then there's Fury. Anybody remember the old tv show? He was great! So smart!!

What about the Friesian, Goliath, from LadyHawke? He's my absolute dream horse!

I guess I'm a sucker for black horses, huh?

So, I'll throw this one in: I've always wanted a gray Andalusian stallion with a long mane and tail, big cresty neck, and flat croup.

And, there's the Lord of the Ring's Shadowfax, Gandalf's horse, who he rode bridleless and saddleless and was faster and more beautiful than any other horse in the world.

Sigh!!! I dream of my little Yalla! growing up to be my fantasy horse.

Anonymous said...

all my horses too!

Albigears said...

The pony from Summer Pony. Gypsy from the series- Gypsy and the Moonstone Stallion, Gypsy and Nimblefoot, etc.

My imaginary horse that I rode at recess on the playground (and all through the school) was black with a white mane and tail.

I'm 37 and still have all of my horse novels and all of my Breyers from when I was a kid. They were such a great escape...

Holly said...

Well...I wanted the Black until my friend's arabian randomly broke her nose...Gotta black appy instead.

The Godolphin Arabian totally want.

John Wayne's horse Little Blackie to the point that I tried so had to name my (son's) rescue black ranch horse little blackie. I lost to a then 5 y/o, his name is booboo.

Misty started my obsession with wild horses. And I love Hatty, my mustang cuddle bunny (15 hh).

I still want to rescue Black Beauty... My mom loved her 1st horse Mae to the point that when she met a TB named Sophie her first words were 'she looks just like Mae!' aaaaand bam! another horse.

'Old cowboys, when asked what their favorite color of horse is, they say 'nice.'

Holly said...

OMG Goliath random connection:
http://home.comcast.net/~deboerfriesians/ladyhawke.htm
oooo shiney

Nancy (aka Tony's person) said...

Always the Black.

Nancy (aka Tony's person) said...

Though for me, the first was Shadowfax, King of the Horses from J.R.R. Tolkien's books.

Nancy (aka Tony's person) said...

Looks like I'm not the only one who fell for Shadowfax. :)

A few years ago one of the horses that played him in the movies was a Equine Affaire. I cried. It was terribly embarrassing until I realized I was not the only one bawling.

phaedra96 said...

How about Smokey, Will James cow horse? I always wanted a horse just like Sham or Justin Morgan.

slippin said...

Wow..the memories that have come back after reading all of those fantasy stories from everyone!
I will have to say the Black was and always WILL be my favorite! I still love watching the end of that movie when he is racing. I love hearing him breathing as he is running down the home stretch.
After that, I wanted to be a jockey...and still have a fantasy of wanting to ride a race horse around the track. I don't want to be a jockey, but would love to try riding a horse with a jockey saddle and go around a track just ONCE!
when I was little, I used to pretend I was a jockey in my western saddle and hold onto the reins like a jockey would.
I remember Phar Lap too, but all I remember of the movie is the people chanting phar lap...and that he died at the end.
Never really liked black beauty...loved the horse, just not the story. National velvet was another good book, and Billy and Blaze..read all of those. there are many more, I just can't think of any at the moment.

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mugwump said...

Ahh I'm so late getting in on the comments! It kills me.
Work sucks.

HorseOfCourse said...

The Black, of course.
Most of the rest I sadly have not heard of.

But most of all, I wanted so much a horse of my own. Books (even if I always have been reading a lot) was not enough.
The warmth, smell, breath of the real thing.

I believe PRE and lusitanos are the most beautiful horses to look at.
But as all my favourite one in real life has been brown with white markings, my heart always beats a little faster when I see one of those.
Wellproportioned doesn't hurt.

mugwump said...

I still have not read Smoky the Cowhorse. It has been reccomended more than once....it must go on my list.
Of course the Pie! I have to be honest though, Velvet's fainting bit irritated me.

mugwump said...

I remember reading The Black Stallion to my daughter. I hadn't read it for several years.
We were down to the big race.
I realized I was jumping up and down on the couch and yelling.
Kidlette was staring up at me open-mouthed.

mugwump said...

Anon- My fantasy is to be 5'9 and 133 pounds. Serious.

mugwump said...

Amy - You crack me up.

mugwump said...

I think I'm going to be reading myself down memory lane!

TrackAndBack said...

Hehe, my personal favourite is a fat little pony named Noodles. I forget what the book was called, but it was about two children who's parents decided to move to the country, and they saw this fat pony in the field and would go and visit every day. The little girl who owned the pony didn't want it, so they convinced the grandma to give Noodles to them and brought him home to their farm. He was a fat hairy Shetland I think, the kind that has an enormous forlock and big brown eyes that peer out from under all that hair, begging for a carrot. Oh Noodles.

Practicalrider said...

I dreamed of riding my fantasy horses -from those lovely books mentioned by you all, even though I was able to (luckily) actually ride my real and beautiful horses.

But it was the real great racehorses that truly won my heart. First Man O' War, then later Secretariat. I was at the height of my 'horse girl' days when he won the Trip C. My friends and I never missed a leg of those races and to me Secretariat was like Man O' War reborn.

I was lucky enough to meet and touch him years after worshiping him as a youngster - when I was working on John Galbraiths farm.
Here is a quote- and I could not say it better:

"Oh, God ... whenever I get depressed about getting older, I remember Secretariat, and kick myself. What if I was too young to remember him? Wouldn't it be awful?
Jesus, we love you Big Red."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-IVl-UGE4&feature=related

marknsvet said...

I've managed to keep most of my books from childhood, but two have disappeared over the years. Maybe someone here will remember them?

1) A girl named Pat and a black Thoroughbred. Or maybe the horse was Pat?? Dang. It starts with the girl seeing the horse tangled in barbed wire during a snowstorm. The girl bends and bends the wire until it breaks while the horse waits patiently.

2) Young girl on a ranch rescues a Mustang filly, trains her, and rides in a gymkhana, beating out the fancy horses in the barrel race.

"Black Beauty" has always made me remember to think of how my horse feels about what I'm doing. And of course The Black. droool! And the horse who galloped alongside our car, jumping drainage ditches and fences and keeping up with no effort. happy sigh . . .

Golden the Pony Girl said...

I just remembered another! Sir Rupert the big Grey that Merlin road in the made for TV movie with Sam Neil. Anyone else know which one I am talking about?

SunnySD said...

The Matltese Cat, Rudyard Kipling's polo pony to me has always been one of the most memorable of horse creations. If you've never read it, you can read the whole short story here.

WarPony: Yeah, Doodlebug! :) Haven't thought of that one in a while!

little K said...

I loved the Pie of course but was even more in love with his last foal Arizona Pie from International Velvet. I blame that movie for my current desire to event.

I also love greys, any grey, especially love the dappley ones. I love how their colour changes year to year. I don't even mind when they go fea bitten. I would love love love an Andalsuion like mugs. I think it would be so cool to watch them grow from a dark bay foal into a silver dressage star (or cowhorse whatever tickles you)!

Gina said...

It just has to be the Black. I am in grad school right now and an English major and I have no shame in the fact that amongst my serious reading and innumerable books I have a whole shelf dedicated to the Black.

My best friend and I used to do the same thing when we went on car rides.. it would trip her parents out that we would just sit in the back seat seat the whole time staring out the window.

Shanster said...

OH - what about Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and the big white horse there - Anthansor. Bigger than life, brave, fast and amazing. LOVED that story cuz of Anthansor...

LuvMyTBs said...

OK so now you will all realize how old I am.My favorites as a child were Francis the Talking Mule and Mr.Ed. I think because I was already talking to and listening to my pony and the horses in the barn.It always made perfect sense to me that they could really talk. I never got the humor in those shows until I was an adult.

Bif said...

MARKNSVET:

The book about Vicki and Pat was THE DARK HORSE, by Sam Savitt, much better known for his illustrations.

I loved all Jean Slaughter-Doty books, which explains why I grew up hunter jumper eventing.

My favorite quote of any book, and one I think should be required in every horseman to take to heart and understand comes from BLACK BEAUTY (so not a kid's book... I really wish they'd make a book the way it was written.. with CG now, they really could):


"Only ignorance! only ignorance! how can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?"

THE GOLDEN PONY:
If you can't afford a PRE, look at Nokotas... Some look quite Spanish, my horse Boyfriend is a good example of that iamboyfriend.com

Juli said...

Oh wow! My husband now thinks I'm nuts because I'm sitting here going "OH THANK GOD! I'm not the only one that had their horses running down the side of the road by the car, jumping ditches"

Of course, there was The Black. But Ginger from Black Beauty was always a favorite. And The Pie. And Phantom and the Pied Piper. And Sham. I could keep going for quite a while here...

I have been systamatically buying copies of all The Black Stallion books, as well as any of the other horse books I read as a kid. They make for good, nostalgic reading when I'm having a bad day here.

Holly said...

Oh wait got another one, don't remember the book but the horse's name was Moro Glorisio The Grey Glory. After the kid won his race he jumped off to check his horse 'cause another jockey was wacking it's face with the crop.

Shadow Rider said...

Ah, I forgot Mr Ed! The true source of my desire for a palomino. I still have my hand puppet Mr Ed from back them. You pull the string and he would talk. "A horse is a horse of course of course.."

K said...

I am a bit too young to have caught most of the horsey t.v. shows, but I did read every horse book in our school library. I was the second to last stop on the bus route. The horse that ran by the bus to and from school every day was a gray with dark points. I think that was because I was enamored with Ladys Secret, a daughter of Secretariat that I watched win her Breeders Cup race. One of my favorite books was Can I Get There By Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty, and Candlelight was a gray, as well. I still have a soft spot for grays.

My fantasy horses weren't usually from books, but living not far from Bob Avila's place, I had many a fantasy about Smoke Um Okie, Peppy Badger Chex and Lean With Me. I remember the first time I saw a horse really spin. It was at Sport Laughlin's dispersal sale in the 80s. I was about 8 years old. Bob rode a stud into the ring named Frosted Major and put him into a spin. I was pretty wide-eyed, and with my 4-H background I just couldn't believe a horse could do a haunch turn so fast! I'll never forget that. I love reiners and cow horses to this day, and someday I'll have the means to get in the ring!

TexasMissy said...

Anyone grow up with the great Disney movies? Nautical, The Horse With The Flying Tail? Comanche? Nautical introduced me to jumping, my horses always ran beside the car handily jumping fences. Oh, and Cass Ole for sure...and while we are wishing, Trigger and the original Flicka, still have a soft spot for Pallys and flaxen mane and tail.

marknsvet said...

ah-HA! Thanks, BIF, for getting my rememberer going. I've always loved Sam Savitt's illustrations, and his website lists the book - "Vicki and the Black Horse." Yay!

The other book FINALLY popped into my head this morning when I was in that halfway world between awake and asleep - "Prairie Lady" (originally "Prairie Wind").

Both are available on Amazon and a few other sites. Guess I'm going shopping this afternoon. Grin!

Thanks for the memories, Mugs!

Remy said...

"I used to ride in the car and imagine him running through the countryside, breaking his heart staying even with us so he could whisk me away as soon as we pulled over for lunch."

Oh yeah, I did this too :D I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one. I wanted almost all of the horses in those books. Napoleon too!
And I wanted to save Ginger in Black Beauty.
And then there's Shadowfax. And Horse from the David Eddings series.
And Artax (though I did actually ride a pony called Artax when I was a kid :) He was chestnut with laxen mane and tail though, little araby welsh thing.)

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