I'm a horse lover and, in trolling old photos on the Internet when I should be doing something productive, I was thinking how many fantastic images there are of horses and their people. I love how each of these pictures tell such vivid stories about the relationships between the two. It's also pretty easy to see why the equestrian influence on fashion is undeniable.
Miss Louise Ireland & Miss Helen Marye, April 18, 1925
Janie Irvine gives water to "Patches" from surf, Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida, May 5, 1948
Three boys dressed as a cowboys with their horses, Saint Petersburg, Florida, November 5, 1947
Unidentified Blackfoot Chief on Horseback Speaking to an Elderly Man, 1910
Seminole Indian cowboy Charley Micco and grandson Fred Smith on horseback in a cattle ranch, Brighton Reservation, Florida, August, 1950
Rodeo Riders, L.A., between 1910 and 1915
"Skijoring," Location unknown, 1930
Josh Taylor, Negro Foreman who has been on place for fifty three years, Knowlton Plantation, Perthshire, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi, October 1939?
Lt. Walter Brooke, Lt. C.T. Walwynt, Col. P.A. Kenna & Lt. Geoffrey Brooke, 1910?
Basketball on the tanbark at Durland's Riding Academy, New York, 1908
Wild West Polo, Coney Island
Images found on Shorpy, Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection, and the flickr Commons.
PS Another one of my favorite horse quotations: "A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it." ~Author Unknown