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"Almost every person hath some hobby horse"

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 9 July 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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"Almost every person hath some hobby horse or other wherein he prides himself."-Sir Matthew Hale, Contemplations Moral and Divine, 1676
The Osney residents made hobby horses(and jolly fine, they were too), and then had a race.
The concept of making and riding a hobby horse as a pastime that someone follows with almost obsessive focus, goes back to the 1600's.
Of course, today, the phrase describing an obsessive pastime is shortened to just "A hobby"

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1/1000 second F/4.0 ISO 400 105 mm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I never knew that, fabulous trivia! Lovely photo too.

9 Jul 2012 5:53am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Génaile compo de ce jeu de cette course il faut être agile fantastique.

9 Jul 2012 5:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Aminus and it's contributors are just a mine of information. Great image and what a superb idea for an event

9 Jul 2012 6:30am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great capture, I've learnt something today :)

9 Jul 2012 6:42am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Young Amazons are growing...!

9 Jul 2012 7:00am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love the 'course'......

9 Jul 2012 7:18am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Le cheval n'a pas l'air facile ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

9 Jul 2012 7:46am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I think the last time I saw one of these I was in a museum :-)

9 Jul 2012 7:55am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot! Love the expression on her face, she looks very determined to be the best.
I've learned something from here today.

9 Jul 2012 7:58am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Haven't seen that in years, great capture

9 Jul 2012 8:01am

Becky from los angeles, United States

The course is hilarious. Especially fond of the bricks to keep the bottles in place. Horse is cute too.

9 Jul 2012 8:05am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Never to old to learn new things, great information and love the hobby horse too.

9 Jul 2012 8:33am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. Nicely done. Interesting information. :)

9 Jul 2012 10:22am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Ha - what a cute shot. Well done, Chris!

9 Jul 2012 11:26am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb horse but you need good legs to make it run :) Great image. Good day.

9 Jul 2012 12:05pm

tataray from france, France

Un délire superbe et drôle !...)

9 Jul 2012 12:38pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a special horse... priceless ! Have a lovely day Chris :)

9 Jul 2012 12:48pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Pretty floral markers for the course and I really like that horse. It seems to have been constructed from a sock ... how clever!

9 Jul 2012 1:33pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great composition ! Funny challenge !

9 Jul 2012 2:29pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Me too!!!

9 Jul 2012 3:10pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Ist Preiswerter als ein echtes Pferd. Sehr schöne Szene.

9 Jul 2012 3:41pm

mehdi from Tehran, Iran

lovely frame.bravo

9 Jul 2012 5:25pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful street scene and great information about this interesting "hobby" ...

9 Jul 2012 5:32pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Much like a horse this is the girl you play with my grandchildren ... A world of fantasy in this horse's head ... excellent photography. A hug Chris... Adela

9 Jul 2012 5:53pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,Old West Wales boy, Germany

and they´re so much cheaper to keep as real ones !! nice capture.

9 Jul 2012 6:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Fabulous image! Full of color and action and story.

9 Jul 2012 6:38pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!!!!

9 Jul 2012 6:57pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Now with stella and kronenberg bottles for corners, i would suggest that it was you who laid out the course for perfect photo opportunities.

9 Jul 2012 7:12pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good to see there is a life beyond Playstations!

9 Jul 2012 7:25pm

David from Avranches, France

Great action Hobby horse shot.

9 Jul 2012 8:15pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great to see kids out having fun, nice one

9 Jul 2012 8:47pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Cool capture...very nice tones!

9 Jul 2012 9:30pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

All part of the fayre, did you have a go...?

9 Jul 2012 10:14pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

i know you don't do the arty nonsense, but check out the meaning of the word 'Dada'.

9 Jul 2012 11:32pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

...says it all.

9 Jul 2012 11:33pm

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

I love the trail of beer bottles and flowers

10 Jul 2012 3:56pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fun-filled moment!

11 Jul 2012 1:21pm

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
1/1000 second
ISO 400
105 mm