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White Horse Hill

Updated on May 7, 2013

The White Horse on a Hill

For those of us who have a special love or fondness for horses perhaps visiting Uffington in Oxfordshire England would be the place for you to take a nice day trip to. On the other hand if you are someone who loves dragons and anything to do with dragons you should check this site out. It is undecided wheither this is a dragon or a horse so this would be great for horse and dragon lovers alike. I guess if you visit White Horse Hill you can decide for yourself what you believe it is. The artist (s) that designed this wonderful piece made it in 1000 B.C. The image itself has not only been seen but also has been discovered on other pieces from this period such as coins. The local tribe of Belgae had a horse goddess that some believe was connected to the white horse on the hill. All over the Celtic world there is belief that it may represent a form of Epona who is worshiped by the Celtic.

Horse or Dragon?

I guess we will never know for sure if it was depicting a horse or a dragon but the one thing we know for sure is that it is a beautiful work of art. During the time period it was made this huge 374ft horse/dragon was an amazing accomplishment. It has been a mystery on how the artist (s) were able to get the horse in proportion in that it was done it such a large scale. One theory on how this was accomplished was that the artist (s) had help in that someone was at the bottom of hill directing them in where to remove the grass from how far etc.

Grooming the Horse

What really amazes me is that through out time there has for the most part always been people who made sure the horse was groomed- removing grass so as to keep the horse visible. At one point in time there was a festival that was grown from the procedure of grooming the horse. This was at a time that the local lord would take care of it which he funded himself. Today the horse is well cared for by the English Heritage who are now responsible for the site.

Famous Figures

The white horse has had many connections to famous figures through out history. These famous figures all coming with their own version on how and why the horse was carved into the hill. Some say that it is actually representing a dragon that St. George had slain on the nearby Dragon Hill. Another piece of folk lore suggests that it was carved here in celebration of King Alfred winning his battle against the Danes. This hill is surrounded with intrigue and mystery leaving us all to wonder what the true story is behind this beautiful beast on the hill. If it could only talk what a tale it could tell! What a great place to make a day trip into the beautiful English countryside to visit the horse/dragon on the hill and who knows this mysterious beast may be ready to whisper in your ear his true story on how he came to be!



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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Pam. I enjoyed this hub. I had heard that the horse on White Horse Hill was put there to represent the horse that belonged to Alfred the Great. Alfred would survey the land from that hill and plan his battles, for the hill was high enough to see afar. After Alfred was killed in battle, his white horse returned to the hill to wait for his master. That is the legend I was told. Whatever the original purpose of the image, it is a beautiful sight to see. Thank you for writing this hub. Voted Up.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This is very unique! I must say that when I first look at the picture, I thought it was a cat... but looking at it a second time, with the detail of the legs, I can see it's a horse! Very nice! Thank you for sharing!