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.