Category: horses

The first known Treatise of Hippology, or study of horses, was written in the Hittite language by a man named Kikkuli around 1300 BCE.

Paris, 1925.


Horses on the Bell Ranch, New Mexico

Photographer: Harvey Caplin

Date: 1940?

Negative Number: 008534

Parade at Indian Powwow, Pawnee, Oklahoma, August 1924.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1903

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Good Morning by the Daily Mirror, England, June 25, 1943

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Crossing the bridge.

The Main Street looking east in downtown Dallas, circa 1908.

The Moroccan tradition of Fantasia is a stylized reenactment of a wartime cavalry charge. If done perfectly, a group of horsemen charge in unison, then shoot their muskets at precisely the same time. The audience should hear only one sound. (For those worried, the guns are loaded only with gunpowder, no bullets.)

Also known as lab al baroud (Arabic for “gunpowder game”) or Tbourida, it is practiced in a couple of North African countries and dates back to the 700s CE. During the Islamic Golden Age, only the cavalry charge was practiced. Around the 1200s, the now-traditional musket firing was added.

Used to intimidate enemies or impress visitors, the stylized war game would be performed before sultans and kings as well as at local events, like festivals.

Today, Fantasia competitions happen at weddings and the harvest festival. It is practiced by both Arab and Berber communities. And, increasingly, by women. Making Fantasia a sort of unifying national sport in Morocco.

Soldier and horses. (undated)