Bronze Sculptures of Horses

Horse Bust Sculpture

300 mm (L) x 280 mm (W)     Height: 460 mm     Weight: 12,5 kg     Base: Crystal Glass     Edition: 10     Code: RJG011

Young Foal Sculpture

430 mm (L) x 130 mm (W)     Height: 150 mm     Weight: 6,2 kg     Base: Zimbabwe Black Granite     Edition: 10     Code: RJG010

Horse Torso “Pride” Sculpture

170 mm (L) x 100 mm (W)     Height: 280 mm     Weight: 2.8 Kg     Base: Zimbabwe black granite or wood or crystal glass     Edition No: 25    Code: RJG 021

Stallion “The Wild One” Sculpture

320 mm (L) x 180 mm (W)      Height: 310 mm     Weight: 5.8 Kg     Base: Zimbabwe black granite or wood or crystal glass     Edition No: 20     Code: RJG 022

Mother & Foal Sculpture

800 mm (L) X 1000 mm (W) X Height: 1000 mm     Weight: 112 Kg     Base: Timber or Bronze Plate     Edition No: 12     Code: RJG 028

“ I was inspired to re-create a mother and her foal, purely from the remarkable sensitivity and love that I noted in various horses I had seen. They have always impressed me as regal, elegant, statuesque and truly beautiful creations. It was very important to capture the essence of motherhood with a gentleness and love for her foal. I believe I achieved this and whilst still in clay, a client had commented on how she just wanted to stroke her snout as it was as if her breath could be felt. That emotional connection told me that I achieved what I set out to do and to recreate the essence of life in my sculpture. The foal had to be young, spritely with a hint of naughtiness, his youth clearly shown with a bit of a robust nature. I believe I have captured both emphasising youth and maternal age. I look forward to doing a full size horse someday in my specific detailed style ensuring that the essence of life is portrayed throughout.”

Wild Horses of the Namib Sculpture

620mm (L) x 280mm (W) x 280mm (H)    Base: Bronze     Code: RJG029

"Wild, wild horses...,

The Namib Desert Horse is a rare feral horse found in the Namib Desert of Namibia, Africa. It is probably the only feral herd of horses residing in Africa, with a population ranging between 90 and 150. The Namib Desert Horse is athletic in appearance, resembling the European light riding horses from which it probably descends, and usually dark in colour. Despite the harsh environment in which they live, the horses are generally in good condition, except during times of extreme drought. The horses have been the subject of several population studies, which have given significant insight into their population dynamics and ability to survive in desert conditions.

The origin of the Namib Desert Horse is unclear, though several theories have been put forward. Genetic tests have been performed, although none to date have completely verified their origin. The most likely ancestors of the horses are a mix of riding horses and cavalry horses, many from German breeding programs, released from various farms and camps in the early 20th century, especially during World War I. Whatever their origin, the horses eventually congregated in the Garub Plains, near Aus, Namibia, the location of a man-made water source. They were generally ignored by humans, except for the periodic threat of eradication due to the possibility that they were destroying native herbivore habitat, until the 1980s. In 1984, the first aerial survey of the population was made, and in 1986, their traditional grazing land was incorporated into the Namib-Naukluft Park. At several points, some horses have been removed from the herd, including the removal and sale of over one-third of the population in 1992. Since the early 1990s, close records of the population have been kept, and studies have been performed to determine the horses' effect on their environment. Despite being considered an exotic species within the park, they are allowed to remain due to their ties to the country's history and draw as a tourist attraction.

Friesian Sculpture

560mm (L) x 290mm (W) x 470mm (H)     Base:  Timber or Bronze Plate   Code: RJG030

"The Friesian with their flowing manes and long tails must be amongst the world's most beautiful creatures. The one I chose to create is the "Belgian Black" in all his splendour.

The Friesian is probably best known for its black colour and luxurious mane, tail, and 'feathers' (long, untrimmed hair on the lower legs). It has a spectacular trot, both fast and high-stepping. The Friesian is very willing, active, and energetic but gentle and docile. A Friesian tends to have great presence and to carry itself very proudly. The breed has excellent overall conformation. Friesians have long, elegant, arched necks and fine extended short-eared (Spanish type) heads. Their sloping shoulders are quite powerful. They have compact yet muscular bodies with strong sloping hindquarters and a low-set tail. Their limbs are comparatively short and strong. Like fashion models, Friesians have good bone structure and impressive hair.

History of the Friesian

The breed was developed in the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands, where there is evidence of thousands of years of horse populations, and this breed is said to have descended from the primitive Forest Horse. The Romans used the breed for riding. It is also said that Romans took Friesian horses to England, where the breed influenced the Shire, Clydesdale, Fell and Dales. Once thought to be ugly, this northern-European-mainland breed is now considered among the most beautiful of horses. "Black is [now indeed] beautiful."

Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. In the 12th and 13th centuries, some eastern horses of crusaders were mated with Friesian stock. Sometime after the Middle Ages came to an end, the Friesian breed was dying out. Soon there was only two left, fortunately male and female. They were carefully captured and bred in an attempt to bring back the breed. During the 16th and 17th centuries, when there was less demand for heavy war horses as battle arms changed and especially when Spanish forces occupied the Netherlands during the Eighty Years' War, Andalusian blood was added to lighten the breed in order to lighten its weight and thereby render it more suitable (in terms of less food intake and waste output) for work as a more urban carriage horse. Friesians were also used by riding schools in France and Spain for high-school dressage, and they remain a student-favoured breed to this day for their gentle temperaments and proud dark beauty.

The breed was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when they were not only in demand as harness horses and for agricultural work, but also for the trotting races then so popular. The Friesian was used as foundation stock for breeds such as the Orlov Trotter, the Norfolk Trotter (ancestor of the Hackney), and the Morgan. In the 1800s the Friesian was bred to be lighter and faster for trotting, however this led to what some owners and breeders regarded as an inferior stock, so a sort of revolt and call for a return to pureblood stock took place by the end of the century.

Friesian horse populations then dwindled in the early 20th century partly due to displacement by petroleum-powered farm equipment and passenger vehicles. Due to fuel rationing during World War II the Friesian’s farm and carriage use was revived, saving the breed long enough for both its population and popularity to rebound and to this day remains one of the most beautiful of horses.

Rearing Arab Stallion Sculpture

400L x 240W x 400H Code: RJG034

The story of the Arabian horse is thousands of years old, filled with poetry, art, and romantic legends. It is a tale that embraces grand historical figures, from prophets to pashas, to kings, queens, and presidents, reaching across diverse civilizations on five continents. From the days of gallant desert warriors to the age of information, the superior qualities of the Arabian have ensured that it has been carefully preserved as the world’s oldest equine breed.

The exact origins of the Arabian horse are still a mystery. Its distinctive silhouette is first seen in the art of ancient Egypt more than 3,500 years ago, but it was the nomadic peoples of the Arabian desert, known as the Bedouin, who created and refined the pure breed that exists today.

The original purpose of the Arabian was as a desert warhorse. While camels provided meat, milk, leather, and transport for the desert peoples, horses were much faster and more manoeuvrable. This made them ideal for the type of surprise raids that were the hallmark of Bedouin warfare.

Over time these horses adapted to their desert environment, resulting in qualities that make them unique among all equine breeds. Since pasture was scarce, Arabian horses had to be exceptionally hardy, learning to survive on such non-typical feeds as dates and camel’s milk. Even today, Arabian horses are quite healthy and require less feed than horses of a similar size. Other desert adaptations include thin skin and tails held high when in motion, both traits that help cool the body. Arabian horses have strong hooves that helped them withstand the sand and rocks of the desert. While they may appear delicate in appearance, they are actually quite strong, with dense bones and short backs. There are many examples of Arabian horses carrying heavy riders over great distances with little food or water. This extraordinary stamina is perhaps the most important physical characteristic of the breed. Known for intelligence, courage, loyalty and a spirited yet gentle disposition, the Arabian breed has an amazing affinity for humans. For centuries the Bedouin treated their horses as members of the family. The foals were raised with their children, the mares sought shelter in their tents. Over time this became a genetic characteristic of the breed and one of its most endearing traits. Arabian horses bond strongly with their humans, and have a strong desire to please. They actively seek affection and return it in kind.

The Arabian is known as the most beautiful of horses, and has been celebrated as such in centuries of literature and art. Nobility of spirit is another hallmark of the breed. Even the word for “horse” in Arabic means to “walk with pride” indicating a noble bearing has always been an important characteristic of these desert horses. Certainly the beauty and pride of the Arabian has attracted the eye of generations of horsemen throughout history, and has been an important element in contributing to the longevity of the breed.

Those who love and appreciate the Arabian horse have an unspoken bond, not only with important historical figures of the past, but also with those breeders, owners, and enthusiasts around the world who share their passion. Most Arabian horse owners will tell you that this camaraderie has changed their lives. It has enabled them to travel places they might not otherwise have gone, to meet fascinating people from other countries and cultures, and to take pride in preserving the heritage of an animal that is a true treasure of the ages. When you own a Arabian, you gain not only a marvellous horse, but an opportunity for an exceptional lifestyle as well!

Fighting Stallions Sculpture

560mm (L) x 380mm (W) x 470mm (H)     Base:  Bronze or Timber  Code: RJG036

Horse Pair Sculpture

150mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 300mm (H)     Base:  Black Crystal Glass or Bronze Plate    Code: RJG037

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