If Wishes Were Horses: Horsemanship

Illustration from Dick, the Memoirs of a Little Poney

Balthasar Carlos, as painted by Velázquez.

A modern rendering of Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury, featuring Cate Blanchett and a very pretty palfrey.

Marie Antoinette rides astride, dashing in leopardskin and yellow silk, and Catherine the Great eschews a side-saddle for another equestrian portrait.

If you can’t resist the chance to read Dick: The Memoirs of a Little Poney, Supposed to be Written by Himself, Internet Archive has a facsimile here. Sadly I already have an erratum to report: the author is anonymous, and not, as I’d somehow misread, Arabella Argus.

This post relates to a chapter of the book If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of an Equine Obsession. If you have any questions to ask about the content, please fire away in the comments. The main online index for the book is here.

Published by Susanna Forrest

Author of The Age of the Horse: an Equine Journey Through Human History and If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of Equine Obsession.

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