Elisabeth Frink was brought up with horses and taught to ride at an early age. Her love for and experience of horses is distilled into her sculptures, they are not specific hunters or race horses, but reflect the ancient spirit of the horse and its evolution in relation to man.
Frink comments, 'The animals I make are far more what I feel about them than what they are in real life. I'm imprecise about the muscles and the blood vessels, which is what a lot of academic sculptors care about. I'm much more interested in the spirit of the animal. I get into the inside of the animal, and the outside takes care of itself' (E. Lucie-Smith and E. Frink, Frink a Portrait, London, 1994, pp. 121-123).