Day 251: horses can fly

8 Sep

Today I rode horses that fly.
Around and around in a circle on The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs.

They are one of the oldest (if not the oldest carousel horses in America) and they still have brass rings.

I had no idea the “game” of a carousel was originally to grab the rings and hope to catch the winning one — the brass ring. (Silly me, thinking the whole point was just to go around and around in a circle.)

Constructed in 1876 by Charles Dare, it is one of only two Dare carousels still in existence. Originally operated as a Coney Island, NY amusement, it was moved to Oak Bluffs in 1884, where it has lived in its red barn, delighting generations of Island residents and visitors ever since.

The horses are so old they feel miniature. Their eyes are made of glass. The manes of real horse hair.

I’m sure we could build a bigger, better horse these days, out of synthetic mixtures and plastic and other fibers.

But, somehow, these ancient horses made of wood and glass seem like the real thing.

As they go around and around for centuries. 
And, I love it.

3 Responses to “Day 251: horses can fly”

  1. Krist Zimmerman September 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

    Thank you for sharing Jamie! Makes me think of my children riding round and round on the carousel in our old town of Weymouth in England when they were much younger and so was I. 🙂 Cheers!! Krist Zimmerman

  2. Kevin J. Parham October 4, 2012 at 6:28 AM #

    Did you know that the hair on the manes and tails of the Flying Horses is actually “real” horse hair? I’ve been familiar with the Flying Horses for over 50 years, and they are pretty much the same as they were when I was young..a true island treasure!

    • Jamie October 4, 2012 at 7:04 AM #

      Very interesting! I didn’t know that…but it makes sense!!

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