Gigi: The Story of a Merry-Go-Round Horse by Elizabeth FosterThis childrens classic, first published in 1943, relates the travels and adventures of a carousel horse. Gigi is the favorite horse of the children who ride the carousel in the Prater in old Vienna. When WWI breaks out, the carousel is dismantled and Gigi finds himself on his way to a small merry-go-round in Paris. Further adventures take him to London and eventually to America. On each carousel, Gigi forms strong friendships with children whom he dearly misses when he is forced to move on. (Of course carousel horses can talk with children who have not yet outgrown the saddle). The story ends with a happy surprise that will delight the young readers who have also befriended this special merry-go-round horse.
Although it is a childrens story, it is one for anyone to enjoy who can still remember holding serious conversations with a favorite carousel horse.
Horse Powered Merry Go Round
Cruel merry-go-round uses real horses chained to carousel for hours on end
A carousel American English : from French carrousel and Italian carosello , roundabout British English ,  or merry-go-round , is a type of amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The "seats" are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gears to simulate galloping , to the accompaniment of looped circus music. Other popular names are jumper , horseabout , and flying horses. Sometimes, chair -like or bench-like seats are used, and occasionally mounts can be shaped like aeroplanes or cars. The " roundabouts " or "merry-go-rounds" installed in playgrounds are usually somewhat different devices: simple, child-powered rotating platforms with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding. The modern carousel emerged from early jousting traditions in Europe and the Middle East. Knights would gallop in a circle while tossing balls from one to another; an activity that required great skill and horsemanship.
The ride has been branded "inhuman" as horses are forced to trot around in a circle carrying children and teenagers for four hours a day. A shopping centre in China has been accused of animal cruelty after opening a merry-go-round with real horses chained to the carousel. The attraction was installed at the Shuangliu Wanda Plaza in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, in September and features four ponies strapped to large metal frames. The helpless animals are forced to trot around in circles while carrying children and teenagers for four-hours a day, according to Chengdu Business Daily. Videos and photos of the ride have emerged on social media, showing only some users wearing helmets to protect them in case they fall. The operator, Wuhan-based Shangma Equestrian Club, claims trainers are always on site and the activity gives the horses their daily exercise.
During this stage of our Raffle Horse, Master Carver Kate Adam, will design the horse and color schemes that will be produced on a painting canvas. Once the canvas painting is complete the next step is to transfer the image to a large blue print that will guide the carving crew into blocking stage. Blocking Stage This is the Raffle Horse in the blocking stage. This is where the horse will first start to come to life. The carvers will work off of a blue print that will guide them in the blocking of the horse.