It made me wonder what the significance of a horse and rider were. Why are there so many of these statues? Apparently riding a horse depicts the heroic character of the rider. It usually meant he was a warrior or hunter.
Source: Freud Museum London
And in case anyone was wondering, the number of feet the horse has off the ground does not indicate the rider's fate. It is a myth and done for aesthetic appeal.
Sources: Snopes and The Equinest
The following pictures are of nine common Horse and Rider Statues and one Horse and Rider Statue that ACTUALLY depicts hunting.
|Prague, Czech Republic|
Source: Vitold Muratov, Wikimedia
Source: Our 7 Worlds
Source: Daderot, Wikipedia
Finally, the one statue that brought on a bit of excitement.
The other Horse and Rider in Berlin