November has come, with its dull winter days, the first snow and cold, wet horses. Apparently, it was no problem in the fifteenth-century France, where the calendar page from the spectacular Bedford Hours show a horse splashing in a fountain:
Calendar page for November from the Bedford Hours, France (Paris), c. 1410–1430, Add MS 18850, f. 11r
All right, that’s Perseus and Pegasus, so they are supposed to be there. Still, to me, the picture looks very realistic, minus the wings, which appear very haphazardly slapped upon the white horse, anyway. Maybe the knight is going for a dress-up party? It’s Halloween, after all…
Still, I wonder whether they would be splashing in the water in November – might be a bit too cold for this kind of fun. I am not sure the knight looks very keen on it, nd even the horse seems slightly hesitant, probing the water with its hoof.