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Rider Insider: Dream Horse

If you could have any horse, real or fictional, which horse would it be?

March 6, 2013

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If you could choose one horse to have in your barn, you could do worse than to pick the great dressage stallion Totilas. Photo: Leslie Potter
Of course you love the horse you own now or the schoolie you regularly ride in lessons. But imagine that you could have any horse from the present day or some time in history, real or fictional. Which horse would you want to have in your barn?

The world of television, books and movies offer a lot of possibilities. Would you choose Roy Rogers' loyal Palomino, Trigger? Or The Black from Walter Farley's classic novel and the film adaptation of The Black Stallion? Maybe you could borrow Pegasus from the ancient Greek Gods for a while and ride among the clouds.

If competitive riding is your style, you've probably got a few equine athletes you wouldn't mind having in your barn. You could do a few barrel runs with Scamper, attack the nearest show jumping course with Gem Twist, or take a victory pass aboard American Saddlebred five-gaited champion Imperator.

But for some equestrians, the horse that would make a dream barn complete is a little closer to home. Would you wish to have your first pony back? Or the horse at your childhood riding stable that you always coveted, but were never allowed to ride?

Click "Submit a Comment" below and tell us what horse—besides your own—you would want to have if you could have any horse in the world. Some of the responses may be selected for a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

Noble Equine Throughout 2013, Noble Equine will be sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the contact form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Tiana    International

4/17/2015 9:46:50 AM

My dream horse would be a red roan gelding with a majestic canter and when I come to greet him he gives me a show and shows the love and affection I have always wanted in a horse. His show name would be I Love You To The Moon and Back. And his nickname would be Caspian. I know it has nothing to do with his show name but I just love that name.

Tamara    Naples, FL

9/18/2014 2:00:53 PM

I pick a pegacorn... A unicorn with wings.

Teresa    Oroville, WA

2/19/2014 6:38:36 PM

My dream horse is a sorrel Mare with one white leg and a touch of white on her nose, she's stunningly beautiful, and when she runs her flashy red mane flies in the face of her rider, The air parts to let them through, Her shiny red Coat, that overlay her strong muscular frame, glimmers as each ray of sunshine touches it, her hoofs fiercely strike the soft earth as she gallops across the land, her muzzle is softer then velvet, and she's as gentle as a lamb. she's my perfect match......and lives in my backyard!

Zoë    Harrisonburg, VA

1/14/2014 1:50:14 PM

If I could have any horse I think that I would want a horse trained by the people of Rohan, which is the land if the horse lords in Lord of the Rings. It wouldn't really matter what the horse looked like, just that they came from Rohan.

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