National Geographic : 1919 Aug
photographh by Paul Thompson RAPID ACTION: INTERNATIONAL POLO The exciting moment pictured here affords an extraordinary study of equine feet. The hind feet of the center horse are both off the ground and the pony in the foreground is giving a splendid demonstration of ankle action. In his sudden stop, two of his four fetlocks are touching the ground. Photograph by National Photograph Co. WHERE THE HORSE STILL HOLDS HIS OWN Throughout the ages the horse has stood second only to the dog as man's best friend and playmate. Feats of horsemanship date back to the first "thoroughbreds" of Arabia, which, according to Moslem tradition, were descended from horses that Solomon bestowed upon the Arabs. Modern racing had its beginning with the charioteers of the Olympiad. Only in recent times has horse-racing in the western world been associated with gambling. In the Middle Ages tennis was played for heavy stakes, and a Puritan writer of Elizabeth's time, who excoriates most other sports, commends horse-racing as "yielding good exercise."