Posted by Caroline on June 02, 1998 at 20:14:45:
In response to Chestnuts, bays and gray mares, written by Constanza on May 30, 1998 at 14:23:17
Constanza, I don't have a copy of Shirley, and I don't remember it well, so this is going to be vague, I'm afraid. I think the reference to 'Grey Mares' isn't meant to be taken literally, I feel it's an allusion to something literary, but I cannot think what.
As far as I know, there wasn't an elegance scale for horse colour- it was simply a matter of making sure that the horses matched. A grey mare (which, to be pedantic, is actually a white horse, not a grey one) is usually considered quite pretty. The only way I can think of to condisider them in a derogatory manner is by observing that one particular breed of carthorse, the heavy Percheron, is often, but not always, white.
Sorry I cannot come up with anything more concrete. :-(
- Grey and bay Constanza 12:55:40 6/05/98 (3)
- Horses & Carriages P. Bingham 17:19:20 6/03/98 (0)
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