Horse Tattoos Bennington VT
Saint Albans, VT
Horse Tattoos - As a tattoo design, the horse spans many millennia and most continents. It is one of the most familiar symbols of early man. The horse, before it was tamed, was one of the staple food items of early hunters. Pictures of horses adorn the cave walls of France and date back over 40,000 years. Even then, we revered the horse for its strength, speed and stamina, to say nothing of its beauty and grace. Horses were one of the first animals to be worshipped and considered an important animal totem. Horses were first domesticated some ten thousand years ago, somewhere in the Middle East or vast plains of Eastern Europe. In no time at all, men had climbed on board for a ride that has not yet ended.
Where there were men and conflict, warriors on horseback were not far behind. And as humans bridged the gap between hunter/gatherers and early agrarian cultures, horses played an integral and crucial part. Whether horses were used as personal mounts to cross vast plains, deserts and steppes or to pull everything from plows, carts to chariots, horse were crucial to the cultures of early man. Horse represented power and wealth and have always been associated with Kings, Emperors, the Nobility, Aristocracy and upper classes. A man of means had to have a horse.
Gods and Horses have kept fast company from the beginning of history - if not before. Beautiful, elegant, loyal and intelligent, the Horse in ancient Greece was given not only wings but immortality. These divine beings were believed to be the offspring of the Four Winds, which would take on the forms of horses carrying Zeus in his chariot. A whole stable of divine steeds was available to gods and goddesses throughout the ancient Greek realm. Of all the divine Horses, Pegasus is the most famous. That winged steed was thought to carry the thunderbolts of Zeus across the sky.
The Horse has universally been revered for its beauty and strength. More than any other mortal creature it has been perceived as a beloved and trusted friend in difficult times. The unique qualities of its heart and mind became recognized as the best characteristics with which to wage both war and peace alike. A Horse will whinny with delight at the sight of its owner and greatly mourn its loss should that beloved rider perish. Because the Horse is able to recognize its owner, and appears to return their love, it also became a symbol of mutual respect. Its stamina, power, trustworthiness, and love of running wild became symbols of friendship and victory over hardship or oppression.
The Arabian is the oldest pure-bred horse in the world. Noah's descendants are said to have tamed the first Arabian in 3000 BC. With the growth of Islam, this obedient and hardy animal became a great weapon of war, and contributed to the conquest of half of the European world. Little wonder that it became an emblem of fearlessness and loyalty, making it the supreme military resource for mighty emperors, i...