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A Misconception

A common belief is that if the horse of a statue has both front legs in the air, the rider died in battle, one front leg up means wounded in battle or died later from his wounds, and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died of causes other than combat.

There is little evidence to support this belief.
deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 19, 2010

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Interesting. Many beliefs seem to take off, ba<x>sed on little or no evidence. These days, they tend to get scooped up on to sites like Wikepedia, which gives them unjustified credibility.