Why do the horses have too many legs? They appear to have an extra set, why is this? enter image description here

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    Perhaps it is a depiction of "my two horses are as fast as your four horses".
    – Jammin4CO
    Apr 19, 2016 at 13:57
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    Comments are for clarification from the author of the question/answer; not to make fun of them....
    – CGCampbell
    Apr 19, 2016 at 14:15

2 Answers 2


The number of legs is correct. It's the number of heads that is wrong.

The chariot depicted is an Olympic quadriga which was driven by four horses.

The artist probably found it difficult to make a design that included all four horse heads, so he just drew two of them.

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    Or they are pairwise perfectly in sync, so two of the heads are hidden
    – vsz
    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:26
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    How about tails?
    – Alex
    Apr 18, 2016 at 12:11
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    I love how the reasoning is basically "because he was lazy". Apr 18, 2016 at 21:27
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    The numberof torsoes is also wrong... Apr 18, 2016 at 21:59
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    This was the last vase of the run of 400 they were making for the olympics - hoping they'd be hot sellers. They were tired, in a rush, and knew the customers wouldn't notice until after the games.
    – Adam Davis
    Apr 19, 2016 at 1:19

I think Tyler is right, but it's also possible that the horses were depicted running as fast as Marvin here.

(source: cartoonbucket.com)

  • I wonder what archeologists will say about that picture in the year 3016. "Gosh, in 2016, they were still too dumb to properly count feet..."
    – Annatar
    Feb 25, 2019 at 8:06

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