The first horse I loaned was called Murphy - a beautiful, gentle Irish Draught cross - so I do feel that the term Murphy's Law, 'Anything thats can go wrong, will go wrong,' is a bit of an insult to his memory.
Here he is. Here we are. (No, that's not Alfie)
Happy days. Until he had to be put to sleep some five years ago with debilitating arthritis.
Murphy's Law apparently came from the following incident, although this might be apocryphal.
"There was a Captain Edward A. Murphy, Jr., who worked on the effects of acceleration on humans who were riding rocket sleds at Wright Field Aircraft Laboratory shortly after the Second World War. Setting up the sensors for measuring physical effects, he managed to connect them all backwards. That supposedly inspired Major John Paul Stapp, one of the people riding the sleds, to name the phenomenon Murphy's Law."