Isn't this cool? A horse carved out of chalk on a hill! This horse is a little under a mile north of the village of Alton Barnes, on a moderate slope on Milk Hill.
Here's a little history behind the horse: The artist was Mr Robert Pile, of Manor Farm, Alton Barnes. In 1812 Mr Pile paid twenty pounds to a John Thorne, also known as Jack the Painter, to design the white horse and have the work of cutting it carried out. Thorne designed the horse, then sub-contracted the excavation work to a John Harvey of Stanton St Bernard. Before the work was finished Thorne took off with the money, and Mr Pile was left to pay out again. Thorne was eventually hanged, but what crime that was for is not recorded.