Despite the travel woes, our recent family vacation to California was a big success. We had a wonderful time visiting my parents and enjoying a few of Los Angeles County's best attractions. If I had one complaint, it would be that our trip was distinctly lacking in horses.
During our trip last year, we spent a lot of time driving around the Pasadena area, visiting all places I used to ride. This year, we didn't do any of that. Our only real horse encounter came when we glimpsed a group of riders enjoying the trails in Eaton Canyon.Fortunately, the non-real horse sightings were a bit more plentiful. On Sunday, we visited the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
Art galleries almost always have horses.
|Day by Paul Howard Manship, 1938|
Some are pretty obvious.
|Horse by Jacobus Halder, ca. 1765|
|State Fair by John Steuart Curry, 1929|
Not surprisingly, many of the horses accompanied various military figures.
|Edward, Viscount Ligonier by Thomas Gainsborough, 1775|
|General George Agustus Elliot on a Grey Charger by John Singleton Copley, 1787|
|Sam with Sam Chifney, Jr Up by Benjamin Marshall, 1818|
|Shoveller Held by Her Trainer Will Chifney by Benjamin Marshall, 1819|
|Baronet with Sam Chifney Up by George Stubbs, 1791|
Ryan was sooooo not impressed.
He might be the best airport companion ever, but Ryan is not much fun at the art museum!Without a doubt, the weirdest horse sighting came during our day trip to Venice Beach. We ate lunch at Sean's Cafe on the Venice Boardwalk...
and discovered this diorama hanging on the wall.
If I'm not mistaken, that's a Breyer O'Leary's Irish Diamond hiding under all that... stuff?
Ugh! What is all that stuff supposed to be? Is there a pop culture reference here that I'm missing? This thing is just plain weird!
Horses are everywhere, and I am glad. Even a non-horsey family vacation needs a horse or two, and I'm just the woman to seek them out and take their photos!