Originally Posted by Captain Evil
Hah! A good book lead, thanks! No, this is from King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry, painting by Wesley Dennis. One of my favorite childhood books, and my Arab, Djinn, was marked just like this horse, "Sham." (from the Arabic 'Shams', or 'Sun.')
I loved that book! I was going through my TWH gelding's pedigree the other day. I went way, way back and was excited to see "The Godolphin Arabian" listed several times. I know many, many horses are descended from him, so it's nothing super "special", but it really made the 9-year-old girl in me happy to see. :)
I can't see the original photo that started this thread, so I can't comment on it. Just remember that people that make such rude, unsolicited comments are unhappy people themselves. I feel bad for them. No happy, confident person would go out of their way to say something like that directly to an owner unsolicitedly.