UFFINGTON WHITE HORSE
Wednesday October 20th, 2010
ROW OVER UFFINGTON WHITE HORSE
A row has broken out between the National Trust and a retired vet over whether the famous Uffington Horse sculpture is actually a horse at all. According to Olaf Swarbick the 3000 year-old carving is not anatomically correct and has more canine-like features.
According to Mr Swarbick, 'Anatomically it's not a horse at all... It's too long and too lean and it has a long tail - horses don't have a tail the length of that stylised creature at Uffington.”
The National Trust have rejected his ideas and according to spokesman Keith Blaxhall, 'What you have to remember it's a stylised horse, almost like a stencil on the hillside, so it's not a complete figure of a horse, it's a suggestion... I would like to think it's frozen in perpetual canter across the downs... Visibility wise you can't see the entire figure, my theory is it's meant to be revered by the living and by the gods and the ancestors - a view from above and below.'
Mr Swarbick remains adamant he is correct and added, “If I'm correct, it needs to have its ‘horse’ removed - maybe the ‘wolf hound’ of Uffington.”
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