Skeaping was a sculptor of the human figure and of animals, particularly horses and antelopes. He constantly drew from animals, and became very familiar with their anatomy and their distinctive characteristics. In 1933, the year that Skeaping carved this horse, he also illustrated the 'Whipsnade Zoo Animal Book'. In 1936 he published a book entitled 'Animal Drawing' which was followed in 1941 by 'How to Draw Horses'. 'Horse' was purchased for Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire in 1937 by a group of subscribers and it remained on view there until 1945 when it was presented to the Tate Gallery.