Few animals have changed the course of human history as much the beloved horse. Horses have enabled great human migrations, served us in war and peace and are intelligent and loyal companions. Horse and horse head bookends are a favorite collectible among collectors and equine enthusiasts.
Horses are noble animals and can now be found across the globe. It is believed that North America was home to the original horse species, perhaps for millions of years. Through what may have the intervention of early humans and devastating climate change, the horse in what is now North America, became extinct. This North American extinct was thought to have occurred some ten thousand years ago.
Horses were reintroduced to the Americas during the period of early Spanish conquest. In fact, Native Americans did not have horses available to them until this period of reintroduction. Were it not for the reintroduction of the horse by Europeans, the settlement of the Americas would have been greatly slowed. The rest as they say is history.
As figures of art, legend and myth, the noble horse is unparalleled. Powerful and adaptable, these magnificent animals have earned the respect of kings and commoners. In the days before mechanical transportation, the horse carried us, our goods and helped us to till the land. In modern day America, the horse is still revered as a symbol of strength. Like most animal lovers, horse enthusiasts love to collect symbols of their favorite breed. Horse bookends and horse head bookends are among the most collectible emblems of the rich heritage these beautiful animals represent.
The horse has long been an important symbol of astrology. The Chinese zodiac sign of the horse ascribes the human qualities of hard work, friendliness, intelligence and strength. In astrology, the birth sign of the horse honors qualities such as independence and confidence. Most horse lovers would certainly agree that this description aptly reflects the qualities found in the horse.
In the United States, horses have epitomized the old west. The posse taking off after the bad guys would have looked somewhat peculiar riding any thing other than a fleet horse. The famous sculpture of the lone pony express rider seated atop a hurricane stallion can be found as a subject for horse bookends. The sight of a fence riding cowboy aboard his trusty horse is a classic of the western style of horse bookends. The sight of a horse running at full stride, tail and mane flying in the wind reflects the raw power and speed of the equine species.
Horse bookends have been used to exemplify the beauty of these magnificent animals. Horse head bookends may focus on the beauty of a flowing mane or the softness of the horses facial features. For centuries, artists and sculptors have immortalized the horse in everything from bronze and brass to wood and stone. Pottery makers have created horse bookends in fine porcelain and clay. The horse is also a favorite subject of wood carvers the world over.
Public statuary of famous military figures very often portrays the subject aboard a horse. Many famous race horses are forever captured as subjects for horse bookends. Even cartoon horse characters have been the subject of bookends for children.
In short, there is no end to the styles of horse and horse head bookends. Materials from marble and onyx to bronze and alabaster are used to make these very collectible bookends. Horse bookends can be the perfect gift for yourself, a child or for the horse lovers in your live. Online shopping makes finding the right collectible horse bookends easy, affordable and fun.