Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida's Agricultural Heritage in Paintings by Robert Butler

Equine Splendor

Equine Splendor

If one could paint a picture of grace in motion, it would be a horse.

It has been eulogized in man’s art for millennia, and many have considered its attributes sublime, whether in war and peace or companionship.

The dog may be man’s best friend perhaps only because man domesticated it first, but few creatures have had such an impact on human history as the horse.

It runs like the wind and laughs at its pursuers, it rides into battle with fearlessness and makes its owner proud and powerful.

It delights in the companionship of man, always eager to please.

In the peace of morning it comforts its young, and plays amid the emerald fields of spring.

The horse made its debut as man’s companion thousands of years ago. Through selective breeding, man has altered its appearance to suit his many needs — a process still ongoing at the threshold of the 21st century.

It seems whether in peace or peril, the horse is always a loyal compadre for all times.

— Robert Butler, 1999

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