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Native American Warrior

National Carousel Association Logo © Gary Nance
Date of picture: April, 2004
This Native American warrior's horse (detailed in the next picture) features a circle painted around the eye. This was believed to give the horse better vision, to see more and thus run faster to avoid the arrow.

The hand print (visible in the previous picture of the kissing prairie dogs) is also the symbol of speed, as provided by a slap on the rump. Native Americans often painted other symbols on the horses as well as on themselves before going to battle. (Could this be the true origin of the term "painted ponies"?)
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