1. Stork’s Nest Arena.
This arena is as beautiful inside as it is outside. Built and operating in the Czech republic, the exterior of this building is unforgettable.
2. Paris Barracks Indoor Arena.
Built at about the same time as the Eiffel tower, this indoor arena is used to exercise military horses & is a timeless solace of Paris.
3. Bolsover horse arena.
This seemingly humble riding arena becomes a little fancier when you learn that its located inside of a castle, on top of a hill in England.
4. Spanish Riding School, Vienna.
Perhaps the most elegant and beautiful indoor arena in the entire world, this is a traditional riding school built in 1729. It’s an absolute treasure and rarity.
5. Woodinville, Washington State.
This gorgeous, secluded home and outdoor riding arena are nestled into the forests of Woodinville, hiding away from the world.
6. Grosbois à Boissy-Saint-Léger arena.
Built into a 17th century French castle, this arena is remarkable – mixing modern construction methods with traditional materials to create a space any rider would spend the rest of their life in.
7. Reitarena Stubei
This Austrian indoor is unique because it breaks from the traditionalism of most other riding arenas. The stark, simple building and the sloping roof are decidedly modern.
8. Grand Central Farm Arena.
An amazing indoor arena upstate New York, the laminated woodwork looks unbelievable, giving the roofing a grandeur and elegance that is completely unique.
9. The Cliffs Equestrian Centre.
An amazing forest getaway with some of the most impressive barns and stables in the world. This place focuses on trail riding and ultra luxurious country living.
10. The Equestrian Centre, Portugal.
An incredible centre, full of bold, modern architecture and heavy on the wooden detailing. Certainly something we’d all love to spend some time riding in.
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10 Masterpieces of Art that Have Horses in them
1. The Lascaux cave paintings.
The paintings are found on the walls of caves in France. They are estimated to be 17,000 years old. The paintings depicted horses, as well as now-extinct deer that were many times larger than modern deer. The horses are usually depicted as peacefully coexisting with other animals.
2. The Bayeux Tapestry
A 70 metre long length of cloth with embroidered artwork, this medieval artefact depicts horses amidst battle. The tapestry is over 900 hundred years old and tells the story of the fight for England.
There are a total of 190 horses in the tapestry, all hand-embroidered.
3. The Uffington White Horse.
This enormous artwork was made in prehistoric times, using a very unique technique. The artists cut into the surface of a hill and filled the trenches with white chalk, creating an enormous depiction of a horse.
The figure is approximately 2,000 years old. Strangely, it is very difficult to see the artwork from any position other than the sky.
4. The Standard of Ur.
Made of mosaics inlaid into wooden panels, this incredible artwork was found in a royal tomb, beside a man that had been sacrificed for the king.
The mosaics are made of shells and stone and depict horse-drawn chariots in a scene of war. Other sides of the wooden box show scenes of peace. This artwork is believed to be 3,600 years old.
5. Horses of Saint Mark.
1,700 years old, these incredibly well detailed horse sculptures are made of copper. They were stolen by Napoleon, but eventually returned to Italy.
Although only the horses remain, they would have originally been pulling a chariot.
6. Leonardo’s Horses.
Leonardo Da Vinci was commissioned to create the largest horse statue ever created. Unfortunately, the sculpture was never complete and even his clay tests were destroyed.
Illustrations and studies that Da Vinci did for the for the project have survived, however, and show a characteristically detailed understanding of a horse’s anatomy.
The horse was later built to show what Da Vinci had intended and had not been able to complete.
7. The horses of Achilles.
Anthony Van Dyck was an artist in the 1500’s often asked to paint portraits or royalty on their horses. He also painted horse-only images that were often darker and more emotionally challenging.
In this painting, he is depicted the immortal horses of the Achilles, from Greek mythology.
8. A lion attacking a horse.
George Stubbs is perhaps the artist most associated with horses. His famous depiction of a horse being bitten by a lion is particularly harrowing.
Stubbs painted the exact same arrangement multiple times, with minor changes to the surroundings, and returned to the theme 17 times in total.
Created by Pablo Picasso in response to Germany bombing the Spanish village Guernica, the painting is the size of an entire wall. In the centre of the violence and chaos is a dying horse.
10. The Horse in Motion.
Less likely to be considered an artpiece, this collection of images was derived from photos
taken by 12 cameras in quick succession of a trotting horse.
The images were made to better understand the horse’s movement while trotting.
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This Horse’s Name Will Terrify You
Amongst the horses competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics were this couple.
The horse on the right is named Papagayo Secrets, a friendly name for a friendly-looking horse.
The horse on the right’s name? Summon Up The Blood.
The most terrifying horse name you’ll ever hear.