Horse Tattoos Can Mend Broken Childhood Dreams

Horse Tattoos Can Mend Broken Childhood Dreams

Saddle up, because we’re about to take a look at some horse tattoos

If you are anything like me, you spent your girlhood obsessed with horses. You begged your step dad for riding lessons for your birthday every year and your room was covered in posters of the most beautiful horses you could find, which you stared at every night before you fell asleep in hopes that you would dream of horses. The kids at school called you “horse girl” and made fun of you for your notebooks full of drawings of horses – drawings you made because horses were your real friends, unlike those two-faced bitches Rachel and Jenny.

And what girl wouldn’t love a horse? Horses have been used throughout history for a variety of reasons from transporting people to transporting non-person physical objects. And they are super pretty.


Sadly, the costs associated with owning a horse are astronomical and simply unfeasible with my liberal arts degree salary. And there’s just no room in my SoHo studio apartment for a horse. It used to be that Manhattan was overflowing with horses. Back in the early 20th century, there were tens of thousands of horses in the city, and piles of horse manure up to 60 feet tall. But now to see a horse in the city, you have to go all the way to Central Park.


Since my dreams of owning a horse were dashed by reality (much like a litany of other girlhood dreams I don’t have time to go into here), I ended up doing the next best thing to actually owning a horse and got matching horse tattoos with several of my sorority sisters after a long day of tailgating my junior year.


Here are some horse tattoos from other people I can only assume were in a similar situation as I was. And since there is nothing more majestic than a horse, could there be a more majestic subject for a tattoo than a horse? The answer is no.



Cat riding Horse by Shige. #shige #horsetattoo #horse
Cat riding Horse by Shige. #shige #horsetattoo #horse
Rad Trad Carousel Horse by Myke Chambers. #mykechambers #horsetattoo #horse
Rad Trad Carousel Horse by Myke Chambers. #mykechambers #horsetattoo #horse
Another one from Dimitriy Samohin. #dimitriysamohin #horsetattoo #horse
Another one from Dimitriy Samohin. #dimitriysamohin #horsetattoo #horse
A beautiful, all black version by Joel Madberg. #joelmadberg #horsetattoo #horse
A beautiful, all black version by Joel Madberg. #joelmadberg #horsetattoo #horse
The famous three horses (also known as Pharaoh's Horses) were popularized from an old painting (one of the earliest were from Gus Wagner) from the 20th century up to the mid 1900s that later became a staple tattoo subject in tattooing. #horsetattoo #horse
The famous three horses (also known as Pharaoh's Horses) were popularized from an old painting (one of the earliest were from Gus Wagner) from the 20th century up to the mid 1900s that later became a staple tattoo subject in tattooing. #horsetattoo #horse
Tattoo by Torie Larson. #torielarson #horsetattoo #horse
Tattoo by Torie Larson. #torielarson #horsetattoo #horse
Love this colorful, unicorn skull tattoo. (Artist unknown). #horsetattoo #horse
Love this colorful, unicorn skull tattoo. (Artist unknown). #horsetattoo #horse
Fighting Horse done at The Last Sparrow tattoo. #thelastsparrow #horsetattoo #horse
Fighting Horse done at The Last Sparrow tattoo. #thelastsparrow #horsetattoo #horse
Love the cool colors in this one. Tattoo By Montalvo tattoos. #montalvo #horsetattoo #horse
Love the cool colors in this one. Tattoo By Montalvo tattoos. #montalvo #horsetattoo #horse
Beautiful big piece tattoo from Sethwood Tattoo. #sethwood #horsetattoo #horse
Beautiful big piece tattoo from Sethwood Tattoo. #sethwood #horsetattoo #horse

Don’t these horse tattoos just make you want to stare into space and dream about riding your perfect equine pal off into the sunset like I’ve done for hours a day from 1988 to present?

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