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284265.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:42 am Reply with quote

What was the one about the war status and the horses legs?
i.e. if one leg is up the rider died in battle...

was that true ofr false? what was the full description?


284349.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:39 am Reply with quote

It's just a bit of internet lore - no truth to it, so no point repeating it here.

284458.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:45 am Reply with quote

thanks for the response. can anyone back that up with evidence?


284482.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:07 am Reply with quote

This is about statues in America:


Any relationship between the number of raised hooves on a horse-and-rider statue and the rider's actual experience in battle is merely a coincidence, as reflected in equestrian statues at Gettysburg National Military Park, according to Ms. Kathy George, park historian. Searches there and here have found no substantiation for any such coded messages. For example, several booklets concerning dedication ceremonies for equestrian statues, such as the Slocum and Sedgwick statues at Gettysburg (see E467.1S59N5 &-S4C7) contain nothing about the significance of the hooves.

Says much the same thing here:

284527.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:09 am Reply with quote

Collinsc - seems to me that the challenge would be to find evidence that there is a relationship of the sort described. Actually that's a piece of research you could do without moving from your desk - look up some statues on google images, then look up the biographies of the people depicted to see how they died, then see if there's any link.

284530.  Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:13 am Reply with quote

But if you can't be arsed, Snopes has done it for you as far as the USA is concerned:

284897.  Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:42 am Reply with quote

If anyone still believes that raised hooves denotes death in battle, they should come and visit Edinburgh and take a look at the statue of Wellington outside Register House. He's sitting on a horse rearing up with both front hooves off the ground, despite the fact that he'd not been anywhere near a battle for quite a long time when he died.

287691.  Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:39 pm Reply with quote

Thanks everyone.


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