How many times have you been watching a movie or reading a book and thought “that’s a horse I would love to own”?
It doesn’t matter how fictional or unrealistic they are, you can’t help but fantasise about owning one of these amazing creatures. Often, they’re the characters your childhood dreams were built on.
Let’s take a look at the top 8 fictional horse characters.
1. Mr Ed.
Horse riding is all about communication. But don’t you just wish you could actually speak to your horse. It would make things so much easier.
The famous Mr Ed could talk – in fact, he could barely stop talking!
Gandalf’s noble horse from The Lord of The Rings. Shadowfax is perhaps the most noble and dignified of any fictional horse character.
Shadowfax was ‘foaled in the morning of the world,’ the original and perfect horse.
In fact, he’s almost the most dignified character ever written, animal or human. It’s not so much that you’d like to own Shadowfax, but that you’d like to know him.
A thoroughbred with too much spirit for ploughing fields, Joey is the storied character of War Horse, the wildly successful book, film and stage play.
The best-natured of all the horses on the list is Bullseye, from the Toy Story films.
More like a puppy, Bullseye is full of enthusiasm and friendliness.
The colourful, beautiful flying horse from RainbowBrite, the 80s cartoon series.
Starlite was able to fly on rainbows, and her colourful mane and tail made her an excellent horse to fantasise about.
The horse from The Neverending Story who, in the novel, is actually a speaking character.
A complicated character, Artax’s death was a difficult one for most readers, but reminds us of the emotional complexity of the horses we love.
A horse capable of talking, but hiding his gift from his war-mongering owners, Bree is another complex character from the Chronicles of Narnia.
8. Black Beauty.
For some of us, this might have been our first horse love.
The novel does an excellent job of stokes the fires for a horse lover, reminding us of the need to treat every animal with love and respect.
READ MORE: The 10 Best Horse Movies of All Time
The Best Rebrands Of 2017
The power and success of a brand’s identity is highly dependent on an ongoing and internal rebranding process. To rebrand your business is a big step which can either be hugely successful or an utter disaster. Thus it is important to get it right. Here are a list of companies who did a spectacular job of rebranding in 2017.
The vastly known fashion brand launched their new logo design on instagram in February 2017. The brand was subtly tweaked with the logo letters being uppercase and placed closer together. The idea of the new logo was to “return to the spirit of the original”, freshening things up a bit without loosing the brand’s iconic global identity.
In July 2017 Converse posted a new logo design on their social media channels and website. The rebrand was designed to “serve the daring spirit of youth with tools that enable movement”. The change was reported to represent a brand moving forward and convey a younger brand image with a brand build more relevant to digital viewers.
For the first time in it’s history youtube decided on a new marketing plan in August 2017. YouTube’s official blog Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan discussed the need for the new look to reflect the amount of change the industry has been through in the last 12 years. He points out that the new logo is “the bright cherry on the top of the update sundae.”
In an attempt to broaden their utility in the mind of users, Dropbox redesigned their brand in a way that was subtle and clever. The modified angles of the opening flaps were all standardised and aligned, transforming the box intro a series of planes.
An American lifestyle magazine, this brand was chosen to illustrate just how subtle rebrands can be. They engaged a reputed typographer to update their text-only logo. She made the letters slimmer, gave them some more space and made minor adjustments to some of the letters. A modern update that didn’t completely overhaul the visual identity.
The famous web browser has recently been doing some exciting things, and the company is beginning to change. They’ve shifted to a stronger focus on coding and knowledge sharing. To reflect the change, they’ve incorporated the :// that’s commonly used in HTML code.
The Huffington Post
The highly successful news blog has updated its image from a traditionalist, simple type face to a bolder and more digital one. Interestingly, the original logo seems to push for an image of tradition, integrity and seniority, intending to compete with major newspaper. The new logo allows the company to finally embrace their unique identity as it really is.
The Best Brands of Equestrian Riding Boots
Equestrians need the perfect pair of riding boots to achieve the varying tasks that are required of them. They need to have a high durability and be comfortable as well as look amazing when in the show ring. Therefore your riding boots are a large investment and it is important to get the right ones for you. Here are 10 brands of exceptional riding boots that will be perfect for you.
This being one of the best-known equestrian clothing brands, is known for their high quality, durable products. Their boots are designed for comfort while looking good at the same time. Although they are known for their woman’s footwear, Ariat also have a good range of quality men’s boots.
Parlanti boots are well used in the show ring their boots offer cutting edge technology and the option to have them either standard or custom made. Their show boots are not all they have to offer, with a gorgeous range of short boots and paddock boots available also.
The Dubarry riding boots are made for the colder weather of the Irish climates of which the brand originates. They are a must have if you experience harsh winters, with undeniable quality and style.
This brand offers a variety of beautifully designed riding boots that will make you stand out in the show ring. Der Dau offers a variety of styles ranging from simple and elegant to the more attention grabbing boots sporting patent leather and crystals.
Middleburg offers more affordable boots while still being a stylish option. There are a variety of synthetic options to choose from for a tighter budget.
This brand doesn’t offer riding boots, however they produce a variety of field boots and rubber boots. Although not as beautiful and elegant as dress boots, these are practical for barn and stable jobs and for the colder weather.
E. Vogel are well known for their amazing custom riding boots. There are a large range of field and dress boots to choose from in both western and English styles. After choosing a product the company will make the boots specifically to your dimensions for the best fit and comfort.
This brand is well known for their comfortable and affordable riding boots. Although not as expensive as other brands of riding boots they are still of high quality.
Mountain Horse is another brand that is known for producing affordable yet quality riding boots. They have a wide range of English riding boots and work boots to choose from.
De Nire Boot Company
De Nire offers top quality boots that stand out from the rest with their gorgeous and original styles. Their boots are top-of-the-line with a wide variety of styles and options to choose from.