The “Prancing Horse” is a tomb figure of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) The horse symbolized strength, bravery, and beauty.Also horses were considered as having divine attributes.
Photo of an illustration in Tamsin Pickeral’s book “The Horse. 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art”
During the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (AD 712-56) a troupe of 100 horses belonging to the Emperor performed complicated exercises to music.
I have not associated modern China with dressage and have not seen any competitors from China competing internationally in dressage. I thought that despite the history of dancing or prancing horses the tradition had died out. But then I saw this on Facebook. I do not know too much about this performance but was told it was in China and that Spanish instructors had trained the horses and riders. I find it interesting that all of the riders are women and all have perfect…
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