Horse Fever

I have been working on a project for work about Ocala, Florida, The Horse Capital of the World. While working on the project I learned about these Painted Horses. I wanted to add a locator in my project, but as many places as I have looked online, I have yet to find a list to their locations. I found articles pointing to a list, only to find the list missing. So, I asked my mom (who grew up in Ocala) if she was interested in going to Ocala for an afternoon to hunt for the painted horses, of the #HorseFever initiative and I got an immediate YES!

We knew this was going to be a bit of a challenge, but we figured that the Downtown Square would be the best place to start. While we were there we got a good tip from the Starbucks barista, who told us that all the painted horses are #pokestops. So I was able to pull out my phone and check the poke stops near us to see if any of them were painted horses. We ran into a few occasions that the horse had been moved, we could see the slab where is was proving that our pokemon directions were indeed correct, but alas we could not document the horse with a photograph.

In all, we were able to locate 11 horses, we know that the initiative began with the first set of 52 life-sized horses in 2001. The horses were then auctioned off and many of the horses left the area.  A second set of 27 horses were made for the 10 anniversary in 2011. It is not known to me how many of these are still in the area, but I will continue to look. If you know the current location of one of the #horsefever horses, please leave a comment below. I have posted the ones we found along with the closest address we could connect with them.

World Champ- Left Side. Located downtown on the Square. 1 SE Broadway Street, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_worldchamp2World Champ- Right Side. Located downtown on the Square. 1 SE Broadway Street, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_worldchamp1Sky Dancing- Left Side. Located downtown on the Square. 1 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_skydancing2Sky Dancing- Right Side. Located downtown on the Square. 1 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_skydancing1Urban Art- Left side. Located at 48 South Magnolia Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_urbanart2Urban Art- Right side. Located at 48 South Magnolia Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_urbanart1Unknown Name- Right side. Location close to the downtown square. I had not started collecting names and locations yet.

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_greenhorseUnknown Name- Left side. Location close to the downtown square. I had not started collecting names and locations yet.

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_gingerbread2Unknown Name- Right side. Location close to the downtown square. I had not started collecting names and locations yet.

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_gingerbread1Golf cHorse- Right side. Located at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course. 3130 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_golfchorse2Golf cHorse- Left side. Located at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course. 3130 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_golfchorse1Horse O’Plenty- Right side. Located at the Ocala Civic Theatre. 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_horseoplenty2Horse O’Plenty- Left side. Located at the Ocala Civic Theatre. 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_horseoplenty1Coat of Many Colors- Left side. Located at the Marion County Public Library. 2710 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_coatofmanycolorsLife Force- Right side. Located at the Discovery Center. 701 NE Sanchez Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_lifeforce1Life Force- Left side. Located at the Discovery Center. 701 NE Sanchez Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_lifeforce2Hero- Left side. Located at Veterans Memorial Park. 2601 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34470

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_heroHorse Fly- Left side. Located at Hospice of Marion County. 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474

10-15_ocalaphotowalkwm_horseflyHorse Fly- Right side. Located at Hospice of Marion County. 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474

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