Inspiration from The Horse

By Margaret Hedderman

Power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength, and freedom: all are attributes embodied in the shape of The Horse. Humans have been fascinated with horses since well before written language and, in all cultures, have given them very special meaning.

In ancient Greece, it was believed that the ocean god Poseidon created the horse as part of a competition against his sister, Athena. Each God was tasked to create the best, most useful gift to bestow upon man. Poseidon created the horse and Athena gave us the olive tree.

According to Greek mythology, Athena won the contest, and yet today the horse is regarded as a primary contributor to the advancement of civilization. Every major civilization realized the horse as a herald to the spoils of war. The Celts associated horses with victory, longevity, and triumph.

But perhaps today, we see horses in a light a bit more akin to how they are perceived among Native Americans. The Horse symbolizes freedom - a wild spirit and a messenger. They are much loved and respected animals.

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Perhaps it is image of The Horse as a free, wild spirit that inspires Ben Nighthorse to create his beautiful running horse pendants and earrings. With wind whipping through their manes, hooves flying above the ground, Ben's horses are stunning with inlays of turquoise, sugilite, roserita... you name it!

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His new Running Horse Earrings have inspired several new designs - including his Horse Head and Horse Pride Earrings. As delicate and elegant as the real thing, Ben's horse earrings embrace the spirit of The Horse.

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What do horses mean to you?

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