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Free Spirits at Noisy Water

9432, Ruidoso, NM
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Ruidoso
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: This monumental outdoor sculpture depicts eight bronze horses, each weighing 3,000-5,000 pounds...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: This monumental outdoor sculpture depicts eight bronze horses, each weighing 3,000-5,000 pounds, running majestically through a wild landscape.
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Winters, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

we tasted wine and cheese, the young man that assisted us was very accommodating, i am sorry i can't remember his name,maybe it was the wine, we had a great time

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

They are anatomically correct, which is easily noticeable to the youngsters. :). Their legs even have chestnuts. The write-ups about the different breeds sound like advertising, and indeed are sponsored by a horse club. I mostly liked the positions, with one pair seeming to have leapt over a small embankment.

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Santa Fe, NM
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Here you will find larger than life sculptures of different American horse breeds portrayed in realistic muscle tensing action. I have never seen sculpture that could portray the majestic motion of the horse in a more absorbing and powerful way than at this free to the public garden. Also the differences in the breeds are portrayed and the history of... More 

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Wellsford, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Whether or not you are a horse lover you cannot help to admire and be awed by these beautiful statues of horses. They are gorgeous and accurate creations, set in a perfect location to show them off. Plaques explain each of the breed examples. Look in awe at the balance and poise of each animal and marvel at the engineering... More 

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W Texas
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15 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Dave McGary was one of the great artists of our time. I have admired his work for more than 25 years. I'm so sad he is no longer with us to continue his amazing creations. These horses are really incredible and a must-see for every visitor to this area. Take the time to stop and walk around them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We have been living in NM just over 2 months now. There is a lot to see & do in the area & we are yet to stop for a closer look. But these statues are so massive they are impossible to miss. We have driven past them many times. My favorite is the white Arabian horse in the center.... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Had a great time here with the wife. Would recommend this place to anyone who loves the wild west. Will be coming back agian

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Arizona
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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is such a lovely, peaceful place to visit. The sculptures are absolutely beautiful. Amazing life-like and several are balancing on one hoof. The park is grassy & shaded with paved pathways that make it easy to walk. A beautiful little park to relax & enjoy. It is beside the Hubbard Museum about a mile past Ruidoso Downs

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Pacifica, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

These horses are beautiful to look at. Stroll around and then check out the museum. If you like horses this is something to see.

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Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Larger than life horses gallop over a hill and through a pretty park. Definitely a fun photo op. Other reviews mentioned the balancing on one hoof so we were especially looking for those. It was quite amazing. All of the horses are identified with a placard sign with a blurb about the particular breed. The horses are right by the... More 

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