Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hardware Horse

I thought of this for a Zen Monday shot, but make no mistake: I'm not making fun of it. I love this metal horse. John and I saw it while out perambulating. (We shouldn't take cameras, they slow us down.) I didn't notice until I put this on the monitor that the horse has a "for sale" sign tied around its neck.

A couple of days after I took the photo I was driving in Pasadena after dark. A truck changed lanes and pulled in front of me--this truck, with this horse in the bed, his for sale sign flapping like a proud, howdy bandana. I prayed for a red light because I wanted to take another photo. I got my red light, but the truck made it through and I lost him.

I don't know the asking price but I hope it sells high. 

21 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

I know this horse, and his rider. One of the longer term residents of Pasadena.

dive said...

But if you bought it, Petrea, would you be able to trust it not to disgorge a small army of Greek soldiers during the night?

Jimmy said...

I need this horse. Ok, truthfully now - if I were you, I would do anything to have it. I mean, how many people have a metal horse in their yards?!

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Shell Sherree said...

How wonderful! I'm kind of relieved he's over there, not here, otherwise I'd be somewhat tempted.

Bellis said...

One-upmanship over Ferrari and Mustang owners? But you could never drive into an underground car park with it, could you?

And Dive could be onto something...

Pasadena Adjacent said...

New spin on the label "horseless carriage"

Steven said...

I wonder if that is a horse with no name?

Trish said...

on my phone, this looked more like a praying mantis, than a horse. a closer look brought it into equine view.

actually, the more I look at it, the more it looks like a dog, looking over the back of a couch, ready to play. maybe that's just me?

and yes, would one be able to trust it not to dump a load of angry spear wielding men onto your backyard should you purchase it? ;0

wv: bluff...really? lol

Petrea Burchard said...

Cafe, you know all the best people.

Dive, I'm not afraid of an army of teeny tiny tin soldiers.

Jimmy, I know the feeling. In a perfect world (perfect for the artist), you, Shell and I would all be wildly rich, and we'd be bidding high.

Indeed, Shell, I am tempted (see above).

Sometimes we have to leave our pets at home, Bellis.

PA, I'm glad you stopped by. I googled horse phrases last night and found the most beautiful horse art. But "iron horse" only got me pages and pages of bicycles.

You could name it, Steven.

Trish, I think you need a larger screen.

altadenahiker said...

Looks like an easy keeper and I wouldn't have to shoe him all the time.

Petrea Burchard said...

Not a lot of clean-up, but I'll bet he's stubborn.

Trish said...

actually Petrea---phone screen is fine, failing to use my glasses didn't help me!

I suspect rust in another 100 years won't be as big a problem as a traditional horse--let alone the shoeing thing too, but the ride is a mite less comfy!

Susan Campisi said...

I came across this horse in the Vroman's parking lot about two months ago. Tommy was very intrigued. I like him here, framed by the tree.

Speedway said...

The owner carries him around in case he needs 1 extra horsepower.

Petrea Burchard said...

Trish, you got that right. And I'd best ride with my glasses on if I know what's good for me.

Susan, you made me think of Boz and his reaction when he sees those inflatable air dancer thingies. It's just not right and he knows it.

Speedway, everywhere I find you on the web these days you are making me laugh.

Ms M said...

Interesting photo and such fun comments from everyone! The horse would be a big hit in Idaho.
There's a sculptor here who creates horses and other animals out of barbed wire:
http://www.sculptures-by-bjh.com/

John Sandel said...

I'd cut a slot in it & turn it into a condom dispenser.

Petrea Burchard said...

That's interesting stuff, Ms. M. I clicked around there for a while.

J, I was wondering when someone would get to that joke. All those invading tin soldiers are going to need protection.

Dina said...

What a find!
As a kid in Chicago, I'd have been so happy to have such a horse to ride while playing cowboys and Indians.

Petrea Burchard said...

That's the word, Dina: it's a find. When I come across something so unusual my whole day is changed.

Gina said...

I too have seen this truck and its horse out and about - once at the intersection of Lake & Orange Grove.