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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sicilian Plumed Horse

Syracuse (Siracusa), Sicily, Italy ~ April 27, 2004
Island of Ortygia 

Sicily's colorful carts and plumed horses are famous. I wish I'd found a better background for this shot.

Today the horse was pulling a rubber-tired wagon filled with tourists. Earlier on this blog I showed a photo of a more traditional horse and cart, albeit a mural.

When my grandmother visited Sicily in 1911 with her parents and siblings, one of them wrote in a journal:

"We made it through customs without any trouble, and found the horses all dressed up with peacock feathers and pulling painted carts. The carts here were like boxes set up on high wheels, the boxes and wheels alike painted with figures of men, women, etc. in very bright colors. The horses wore tall red headdresses like dusters, and another 'duster' was fixed in the middle of their backs."

See the link above for a taste of what they might have seen.

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Small City Scenes said...

Nice sturdy horse. A beauty. MB

Lee Spangler said...

It would be great to ride in that cart. I wonder how the horse feels about the feathers. Could we name it Pegasus?

Catherine Todd said...

Yes, this beautiful horse is obviously well fed and well cared for. What a difference from the skin and bones nags I see in Guatemala. I don't know how much poverty has to do with it (of course it has a LOT to do with it) but I am really tired of seeing animals starving and mistreated and this horse looks like it is very well treated. Love the plumes, too.
As always, a beautiful angle in the shot. Now I'm dying to go there and see for myself!