Horse in the Rain
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Horse in the Rain refers to an image macro of a horse standing in the rain, looking lonely. The original photograph was taken in 2012 by photographer Matt Hansen. It later became a GIF on Tumblr and then a reaction image in early 2023 on Twitter, used similarly to the Sitting Wolf image and other Staring Animal images.
On February 24th, 2012, wildlife photographer Matt Hansen uploaded a photo to Flickr that he titled, "The Rain Will Fall," which showed a wild horse standing in the rain, looking into the camera (shown below).
Sometime before 2014, the image was made into a GIF by since-deleted Tumblr user gildadeiladri (shown below, left). A variation of the GIF reading, "i just feel so lonely," was used in a Buzzfeed article on March 6th, 2014, which linked gildadeiladri beneath the GIF (shown below, right).
Tumblr user gildadeiladri's original GIF was later reposted by Tumblr user diariodeunaenfermacronica on September 11th, 2015, earning over 380 notes in eight years. On May 18th, 2021, the horse image was used by Tumblr user les-amis-against-napoleon in a memetic context, gaining over 170 notes in two years.
The image of the horse in the rain received notable meme attention in early 2023, when on January 7th, 2023, Instagram user @zogzate posted a The Opps Forced Him meme with the horse, captioning it, "when the opps give you a MEALY apple" (shown below, left). It's currently unknown who the meme's original creator is, however, @zogzate is its first discovered upload. On February 23rd, 2023, Tumblr user greathoughtsphilosopy posted a square-cropped and lower-quality version of the photo, gaining roughly 12,900 notes in two months (shown below, right).
In April, the square-cropped, low-quality version of the horse spread on Twitter via viral replies, functioning as a reaction image.
 Flickr – The Rain Will Fall
 Internet Archive – gildadeiladri
 Tumblr – diariodeunaenfermacronica
 Tumblr – les-amis-against-napoleon
 Tumblr – greathoughtsphilosopy
 Twitter – @albert12798
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