psyki the truth is where the sculptor's chisel chipped away the lie. 011020
god the_case_for_the_red_bagpipe 011203
Mahayana If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

[keep your feet on the ground]
Toxic_Kisses I remember in New Mexico on our way to Albuquerque we made a pit stop to get a drink of water, any waz in front of the building we stopped @ their was a statue of a horse w/ both its Hind leggs up in the air az though trying to buck the rider off, I was wondering if you might know the meaning of that 020307
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Mahayana Yoinked from Yahoo

an awkward search phrase,
"statue horse hooves position," delivers, the first page match, from the [[Urban Legends Reference Pages]], addresses questions very similar to your question.

As the page explains, the theory is that on a statue of a solider on horseback, if the horse is depicted with one hoof off the ground, the soldier was wounded in battle (and may have died later from the wounds); Two raised hooves indicate that the soldier died in battle. If the statue shows all four hooves on the ground, the rider survived all battles unharmed.

As you may have guessed, the site declares this theory to be nothing more than an urban legend, and lists a number of statues that do not conform to the code.

A further search phrase, this time honed down to a sleek "statue hoof," led us to a lively message board discussion on the topic.

One thoughtful and in-depth post offers the following opinion:

The number of the horse's feet taken up from the ground has nothing to do with any attribute of the person depicted and everything to do with the skill of the sculptor and his ability to overcome nearly insurmountable problems in solid geometry, stress of materials, and other aspects of civil engineering...

A post on another message board states that the statue code is only true of Civil War statues found at Gettysburg. But, following a link in another post, we visited the web site of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. There, a park historian from Gettysburg National Military Park asserted, "Any relationship between the number of raised hooves on a horse-and-rider statue and the rider's actual experience in battle is merely a coincidence..."

Our conclusion? While this statue code is oft-repeated and garners support from various sources, the stone cold truth is that the facts don't support it.

We can't argue, however, with one astute observer who asserts, "If the horse has all four legs off the ground, and is red in color, you are at a gas station."
Toxic_Kisses Wow, I didnít mean to make you go though so much trouble! I'm really sorry about that, I feel az though I used you az my own personal search engine and that waz not @ all my intention, yet none the less I want to thank you for the info you gathered, it's truly quite interesting 020307
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