Portrait of St. Anthony

Blessing the horses and farm animals

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Blessing for the horses and farm animals in Spanish ranch houses
Blessing for the horses and farm animals in Spanish ranch houses

Many Spanish ranchers who settled in Texas in the 1700s were Catholics. They held St. Anthony, a Franciscan, and the patron saint of horses, in especially high esteem and often hung portraits of him in their ranch houses. 

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Portrait of St. Anthony Artifact from South Texas Plains
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