Image size is 12.50 x 7.75 inches on 14.5 x 7.5 inches.
The original oil on linen of this painting is in a private collection.
The image of a girl with her horse has become primarily associated with the Freudian psychoanalytic understanding of the girl sublimating her sexual desires. While sublimation of sexual desires may play a part in a girl’s attraction to the sport, successfully riding a horse requires physical prowess and balance, psychological calm and bravery. Since the rider is controlling something many times stronger and larger than herself, the girl’s self-esteem, must be enhanced by her mastery. She is fully independent, controlling person and not merely the object of admiration. The girl and her horse are not just stepping out to another space, but rather are leaping forward, fearlessly moving out of their confined space, into a wholly unknown place.
Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment : The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.
New York : Vantage Books, 1976