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World Horse Appreciation Day
"There’s one rides very sagely on the road,
Showing that he affects the gravest mode.
Another rides tantivy, or full trot,
To show much gravity he matters not.
Lo, here comes one amain, he rides full speed,
Hedge, ditch, nor miry bog, he doth not heed.
One claws it up-hill without stop or check,
Another down as if he’d break his neck.
Now every horse has his especial guider;
Then by his going you may know the rider …"
~ Paul Bunyan (1628-1688)
Neigh! Neigh! Be a "Neigh-sayer" today and celebrate our equine companions! Although wild horses appear in Paleolithic cave art as early as 30,000 BC, an increasing amount of evidence suggests that horses were domesticated in the Eurasian Steppes in approximately 3500 BC, eventually evolving into the more than 400 breeds of horses known today! This tartan design celebrates the Asturcon horse or Asturian pony, an ancient breed originating 3000 years ago, in the area of the principality of Asturias, a Celtic Iberian Nation on the Northwest of Spain. This horse was popularly used in past times as mounts for the women folk in France and England due to their smaller size, calm temperament and smooth and ambling gait. Known as palfreys in England, they were called haubini in France, a word that later became hobbye and eventually hobby horse! The breed was further developed in Ireland, becoming a favourite known as the "Irish Hobby." This tribute tartan colours include: light blue and yellow to represent the victory cross and the flag of Asturias; red and yellow to represent the Spanish national flag; dark blue lines to signify the lakes, streams and the Cantabrian sea; black to signify the dark winter coat and mane on the pony; green represents the forest, prairies, meadows and white is for the fog and snow on the highlands of the Picos de Europa mountains where the wild herds roam free. 🐴 🇪🇸
This tartan was designed byJessica & Martin Flores.
The design is intended to represent the Asturcon horse, a symbol of strength and fortitude. The ancient horse breed is native to the autonomous principality of Asturias, a Celtic Iberian Nation on the Northwest of Spain. Colours: light blue and yellow are intended to represent the victory cross and the flag of Asturias; red and yellow represents the Spanish national flag; dark blue lines signify the lakes, streams and the Cantabrian sea; black signifies the dark winter coat and mane on the pony; green represents the forest, prairies, meadows where it graces and white is for the fog and snow on the highlands of the Picos de Europa mountains where it roams free.
The Asturcon horse is a small horse breed from the Asturias region in northern Spain, and can be traced back to ancient Rome where its unusual ambling gait was described. The Asturcon horse shares similarities to other native pony breeds including the Dartmoor, Exmoor, Shetland, Welsh & Highland ponies.
For a video on this breed, click the pony!