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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 15th April, 2024)

King of the Hill


King of the Hill
Come! Come! Challenge me who dares
Climb up the hill and show me your wares
For I am king here and this my domain
And I care not for weather be it wind or be it rain
I will take on all comers and we will see who is best
Let the strongest prevail and be gone with the rest.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: George (Hindley) on 15th April 2024 at 00:03

That must be Mister Ed, the talking horse.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th April 2024 at 00:06

Toddington, Haigh.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th April 2024 at 05:12

Oh yes Dennis,I love this photo...and thank you.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 15th April 2024 at 07:19

I wonder what goes on in his mind, he really does look as if he is thinking the words of your verse Dennis, its a great image !

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 15th April 2024 at 07:52

What a beautiful creature! I thought of that programme, Follyfoot, that we all used to watch when we were children, with its theme-tune, "The Lightning Tree"...."Down in the meadow where the wind blows free....." However, he looks nice and cosy with his coat on, despite the winds we are having at the moment.

Comment by: PeterP on 15th April 2024 at 07:52

I don't think people realise how tall some horses are. Its nice to see a horse fastened into its winter overcoat to help keep the harsh elements at bay.

Comment by: DTease on 15th April 2024 at 08:17

Sometimes the animals talk more sense than the humans George.

Comment by: Gary on 15th April 2024 at 08:24

Anyone remember Champion the wonder horse?

Comment by: good old days on 15th April 2024 at 08:36

could be a queen denniss unless you had a closer look lol

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 09:11

What a Bonny horse Dennis great snap.

Comment by: Jembo on 15th April 2024 at 09:13

Nice Dobbin :)

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 15th April 2024 at 09:40

Gary, yes.....I remember Champion the Wonder Horse, and also Mr. Ed, Roy Rogers' horse Trigger and The Lone Ranger's horse Silver. "Hi-ho Silver, Awaaaaaay! " And of course Black Beauty.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th April 2024 at 10:24

Well I wasn’t going to undress it to find out good old days!!
Have you noticed how anyone doing the housework in the telly adverts now has to be a man? Is that not taking it a bit too far?

Comment by: Sir Bob on 15th April 2024 at 10:50

A horse a horse, my kingdom for a horse.

https://youtu.be/2m1SjCazzHE?t=20

Comment by: Veronica on 15th April 2024 at 10:51

It looks like a a ghostly highwayman’s horse. I bet George is hiding in the bushes!

Comment by: Maureen on 15th April 2024 at 10:59

Oh yes Dennis,I love this photo...and thank you.

Comment by: Rastus O'Dingo on 15th April 2024 at 11:11

Irene, I remember Ernie's horse, Trigger, who pulled the fastest milk cart in Westhoughton.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 15th April 2024 at 11:16

Nice picture Dennis, I hope you were as well wrapped up.
The horse is probably thinking 'If you haven't got a sugar cube, go away'.

Comment by: julie on 15th April 2024 at 11:54

Nice photo may i ask dennis were was it taken!

Comment by: Cyril on 15th April 2024 at 12:12

Good photo and perspective Dennis.
They'll be happy with not having been made to run in that awful horse race on Saturday, thankfully no horses were killed in the race at Aintree this year, but sadly two were killed in races there on the Friday.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 12:37

I can remember my next door neighbour saying over the front fence ……did I know there were two stallions in the field at the back I said neigh he said there is you know he seemed puzzled at me laughing.

Comment by: Pw on 15th April 2024 at 12:53

There was also My Friend Flicker.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 15th April 2024 at 13:14

My Dad used to say that someone with common sense had "horse sense". I asked him what horse sense was once and he said, "It's what stops horses from betting on men". Mind you, My Mam liked a "flutter" when I was a child in Ince and I would nip down the backs with her to a house where a man called Joe collected bets for the local bookie. His wife and unmarried daughter were always ready for a gossip after Mam had placed her "sixpence each way on Newsboy"!

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th April 2024 at 13:18

It was taken in Toddington, Haigh julie.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 13:30

Veronica did you manage to ask David at WAG if Harold was is dad sorry I didn’t manage to bring any sunshine back.

Comment by: Ernest on 15th April 2024 at 13:40

I love black beauty.

Comment by: Dek on 15th April 2024 at 13:49

Cyril, did you watch the national? If you did, you would have seen a riderless horse, called Mahler Mission, leading the race until the last couple of furlongs, when I Am Maximus took overtook him to win. Now, if that horse didn't enjoy running and jumping it would have stood there eating grass.
They love running and jumping over things, moreso in a pack. It's what they do.

Comment by: Rastus O'Dingo on 15th April 2024 at 14:08

I put a bet on a horse to come in at 10 to 1 and he did. Unfortunately, all the others came in at 12:45.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th April 2024 at 14:20

Sorry I didn’t John next time I see him I will do I promise , he came from Wigan originally though and has lived in Westhoughton a number of years.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 14:45

Veronica do you remember Halliwell taxis daisy hill so possibly no relation ,by the way did WAG show you the photo I sent for your attention or should I say for you to assess painting you should then have my email.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th April 2024 at 15:38

Yes I do remember Halliwell Taxis John. No not got an email John. The Leader is on holiday though. Perhaps you could send it to Ron to send to me. Have you painted it?

Comment by: Veronica on 15th April 2024 at 15:40

Ps Halliwell’s were the best taxi firm.

Comment by: peebee on 15th April 2024 at 16:20

"What's with the long face".

Comment by: T.D. on 15th April 2024 at 16:28

IMO
Hercules.
Cart horse of Steptoe and Son.
RIP.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 18:14

Veronica…..Colin has my email so perhaps you could email Colin for it,maybe I didn’t explain properly…I emailed a photo to WAG for you to see if you could paint a copy of the photo if you cannot it’s no problem.I emailed Colin last night so he can pass to you Veronica sorry for the bother.

Comment by: T. D. on 15th April 2024 at 18:20

Very good Dennis and a reminder of Warhorse. WW1 friendship against the odds.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 15th April 2024 at 20:03

Colin a bit more than 24 hours notice….Wednesday around 1.30 Pm at the Platform Wigan for a drink or two which is just down and round the corner from Wigan North Western Station if you can make it your more than welcome and obviously anyone else,I will be catching the train from Westhoughton station soon after 1 pm and could you please pass my email to Veronica.

Comment by: Roylew on 15th April 2024 at 20:17

My friend Flicka

Comment by: T. D. on 15th April 2024 at 20:58

Thanks for the invite John.

Comment by: Cyril on 16th April 2024 at 13:54

Dek, horses in the wild or those kept in fields and which aren't trained do so don't naturally jump over absurdly high fences, though I do agree that they like having a canter around a field with other horses, but racecourses are not fields and race horses are trained to carry on and run around the racecourse and finish the race, even if they are riderless they'll finish the course.

We are all free to voice our own opinions on wiganworld, that makes it so wonderful, just as folks are free to put their money on the name of a horse, if they so wish, and more than likely on a slow or a riderless one, much to the delight of a bookie.

Comment by: Dek on 16th April 2024 at 15:45

Cyril, replace horses with people. Go to Wigan on a Saturday afternoon and it'll be full of people. If you herded those people together and forced them to run round a field, jumping over several low fences on the way round, then that would be out of order because they're only ordinary people.
The people who run marathons and olympic distance races, along with those who compete in hurdles and high jumps are far from ordinary people.
Likewise, the horses that run the races like the Grand National are not ordinary horses.

Do you get me?

Comment by: C on 16th April 2024 at 20:15

You're talking silly now!

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