"It's a thirsty job, this Sepia Saturday lark. Trawling through those dusty old archives, sorting through those piles of faded old photographs, looking for the perfect Sepia Saturday prompt. You can't blame a chap for wanting a drink to celebrate the discovery of the perfect old sepia print. Something long, cool and refreshing; next to a charming little river perhaps. Somewhere to go with your mates and celebrate the end of another day's honest work. Where was I? ..... ah yes, our Sepia Saturday prompt for this week - post your posts on or around Saturday 21 March 2015 - is an image from the Flickr Commons collection of the Nederlands Institute Voor Militaire Historie and shows a group of army horses enjoying a refreshing drink after a hard day's exercise. The choice of how you interpret this theme is entirely yours but drinking and horses spring to mind - or maybe drinking at the Black Horse Pub. Whatever you decided to go with, post your post and add a link to the list below."
"Where the Ponies come to Drink" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Some folks wouldn't understand it,—
writing lines about a pony,—
For a cow-horse is a cow-horse,—
nothing else, most people think,—
But for eighteen years your partner,
wise and faithful, such a crony
Seems worth watching for, a spell,
down where the ponies come to drink.
The best fake horses seem to come out of our imagination. "Joey", for example, a puppet created for the play "War Horse" and created by Handspring Puppetry in Africa. It's manned by three puppeteers. Oddly enough, even though you can see people underneath and physically it's not very horselike, it's amazing that the three people can make it exude emotion and the feeling of "horse". There's always a catch though...the three puppeteers probably need TLC and a few beers at the pub every once in a while. Here's a video about Joey.
In case you have even more time to burn, here's a fascinating Tedtalk by the puppeteers.
My personal preference for a horse is the kind that appeared in Equus. Each horse was played by one actor. When they needed a drink, there was only one drink required for each horse. It's amazing what great actors can do with just a few props!
|Equus costumes eqview.com|
|Even more minimalist costumes for Equus. nocache.azcentral.com|
And for the nostalgia part of the post, my grandfather Hector with his trusty team on the farm in Letellier, Manitoba. His horses were huge and strong and I believe they may have been of the Percheron breed.
Trot on over to Sepia Saturday for more horses and drinking stories.