Dark Mare - Fancy being named Bargrave!
I was surprised at the number, but there are (I believe I read somewhere) around 3 million words in total, so 46 is a drop in the ocean.
Personally, I don't think Darkie is politically incorrect in this context.
Thanks, but I'm embarrassed I didn't remember more, considering my own real name is on that list. Dark Mare is just my description; my ever-so-politically incorrect name is Darkie. And to think that dear Verity of all people saddled me with it.
Maybe I should put an apostrophe in front of Dark. People might think 'Dark Mare is a contraction for Poldark Mare. No, it just looks like a typo. I guess I'll stick with Dark Mare. It works.
Dark Mare, I think you have won a lucky horseshoe for your memory!
The horses, in order of appearance, are as follows: (sorry for any repetition)
Ramoth and Squire, Joshua's equine legacy; Darkie (named by Verity);
Rufus, Francis' horse
Random, Verity's horse, lent to Demelza for her Falmouth foray
Caerhays; Demelza's horse
Sheba; Hugh Bodrugan's sick mare and King David, her sire
Sikh, the colt sold by Ross
Firefly, one from the Penvenen stable, and Thresher, Caroline's lame horse
Judith: purchased from that old rascal, Tholly
Emir: Daniel Behenna's mount
Santa: Young Geoffrey Charles' pony
Sheridan and Swift: Horses bought by Ross, when he at last had some cash
Kinsman, George Warleggan's mount
Tobago, Centurion, Lombardy: Toby Carter's hunters
Dundee, Abbess, Carola: Harriet Carter's hunters
Nero: Clowance's beloved horse
Hollyhock: in the Nampara stable
Collingwood: a long-lived horse, originally Jeremy's
Roseland and Honoria: John Trevanion's also-rans
Amboy: Mr Pope's nervy mount, from which Selina was thrown
Pretty Lady, Larkspur (ridden by Valentine) and Carapace: horses at the Truro races
Bargrave: the subject of that amusing auction wrangle
Horatio: Bella's present, bought at Truro races
Glow: Harriet's horse, lent to Amadora
Parsee: Dwight's horse
Halter, Kingfisher and Gauntlett: All in the Pope stables, looked after by Music
Ladybird: Another in the Nampara stables
Bayonne: The lame horse ridden by Ross to Auxerre
Santa: Jeremy's Officer horse in Brussells
Moses: Stephen Carrington's downfall, bought at St Erme
Marigold: another purchase by Ross
Garry: Harriet Warleggan's - George was borrowing him when he fell in the drang
Nestor: Valentine's purchase
I was way off! I suspected later that I might be, as I have just started a re-read, and came across Ramoth, Old Squire and Darkie before page 50. I remembered Ramoth and of course Darkie, but had no memory of Old Squire. Is he ever mentioned again (apart from Ross's first day back at Nampara)? I will have to keep my eyes peeled.
Having seen Dark Mare's list, I feel quite inadequate. I knew of all of these (apart from Old Squire) but had forgotten a lot of them. Not quite as "expert" as I thought I was!
I don't feel quite so dumb having guessed 30 now. I came up with these 15 off the top of my head (well, kinda, I remembered the existence of Squire, Kinsman and Dundee but had to look up their names) and figured there had to be at least twice as many.
Nampara Poldarks' horses
Ramoth -- The blind horse Ross inherited from his father
Squire -- The aged horse Ross inherited from his father
Darkie -- The mare Ross bought to ride home from Truro upon his return from America.
Caerhays -- Demelza's first horse, who was sold to raise money for the first interest payment on the promissory note
Sikh -- The 2-year-old colt sold to raise money for the first interest payment
Judith -- The pony Ross bought from Tholly
Sheridan -- Another purchase from Tholly
Swift -- Yet another Tholly purchase
Hollyhock -- Demelza's pony
Collingwood (Collie) -- Jeremy's hunter; Ross rode him after Jeremy joined the army
Nero -- Clowance's hunter
Kinsman -- George Warleggan's retired horse, who had contracted "butts," whatever that is, and was to be destroyed in "The Angry Tide."
Firefly -- Caroline's hunter
Werry House horses
Sheba -- Sir Hugh's prize mare, whom Demelza "cured"
Dundee -- The horse George bought at Lady Harriet's liquidation auction and returned to her.
Well not sure if this was allowed in your rules or not, but when I said memory apart from the easy first ones of Ramoth and your horse (I'd forgotten Squire) as both were at the beginning of RP, and Dundee because it occupied so much of George's time and money, I remembered there were a lot more horses also in Harriet's auction as well. However I had to look them all up, same as for Bella and Jeremy's horses the names of all of which I'd forgotten too !
I also seem to remember that Demelza, Clowance and Cuby in particular, Morwenna and Osborne, Edward and Stephen finally Drake as a shoesmith might have had or been involved with horses with names as well neverthless surprising that there are 46 in all. Whilst the topic's still open have you got a list of them as it's interesting ....?
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
That's brilliant, Ross, if it's all from memory. I think Firefly was actually in the Penvenen stable, beneath the drawing room at Killewarren.
Keeping Ramoth company, on Ross' return from America, was Squire. I think he must have been a bag of bones after the neglect from Jud'nPrudie, and he wasn't mentioned much after the first few chapters - perhaps he went to the great glue factory in the sky.
Apart from your horse the remaining 10 are: Ramoth, Hollyhock, (Jeremy), Horace (Bella), all Hariett's horses left in hubby's will Dundee, Abbess, Carola, Tobago, Centurion, Lombardy and Firefly....
Thanks for the game
Interesting to see your guesses.
I'm a little disappointed in the response - but it has been quiet recently.
Now prepare to be surprised.
There are 47 different horses named in the novels. Now all you have to do is name them!
I imagine the first one to spring to mind is Darkie - carefully not mentioned in the TV series. He is the only un-PC named one. Which others can you think of?
Name your 11, Ross.
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As I haven't read the books for ages somewhere around 16/17, but from memory 11 by name....
Come on everyone, only 13 hours to guess!
My guess is 9
30 seems too high for me. My guess is 13.
My guess is 30. (If only those identified by name can be counted. Caroline owns three hunters, for example, but I remember only Firefly being identified by name.)
This is just a light-hearted thread.
I would like you all to guess how many horses are mentioned (by name) in all 12 books!
Please post your answers; just a number only, by Friday at 10pm (UK time).
After that we will move on to the next part.