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(© Kip Mistral 2018. “Water Sprite” by Theodor Kittelsen) Almost all of us riders meet the horse first in our childhood imaginations. We took our seats on the gleaming black stallions, or the feisty red…

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(Peter Paul Rubens – Detail from Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma – The Collection – Museo Nacional del Prado) “Now for your Cherishings, they are those which I formerly spake of; Only they…

The post Now for Your Cherishings – Gervase Markham 1676 appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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If you read about Washington Square Park in New York City today, you certainly won’t see images like this which was painted in 1897. Still the days of horse-drawn conveyances, we see dusk settling in…

The post Washington Square Park NYC in the Winter 1897 – Fernand Harvey Lungren appeared first on Kip Mistral.

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(© Text by Don Juan Gómez-Cuétara. Detail of painting by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez Felipe III, King of Spain 1634-35) Like a magic crucible, wherein history and art are fused, the Spanish horse, our…

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In 1731, François Robichon de La Guérinière was complaining in his book “School of Horsemanship”, Chapter I “Why There Are So Few Horsemen & the Qualities Necessary to Become One”. Nearly 300 years later, we…

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