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Question #50591 posted on 03/25/2009 3:01 a.m.

Dear Tao,

In response to Board Question #48061, you stated:

"In statuary, the number of hoofs raised by a mounted figure's horse indicates the manner of their death."

The horse's death? Or the death of the rider?

- Toni

A: Dear Toni,

While the popular rumor refers to the death of the rider, it turns out that the rumor isn't always true. See Snopes for information on statues in which the rumor holds true and statues in which it does not.