Y’know what I miss?
I really, really miss horses.
Throwback Thursday! Gosh, these photos are like eight or nine years old. Look at all that hair I used to have. And my natural hair colour, too!
Thor, the tubby Norwegian fjord, was my stubborn asshole baby for about a year and a half, then his owner (I was leasing him) moved to Sweden and took him with her. He’d scared off a bunch of other riders with his antics, but he was my teddy bear. I was just as stubborn as him, which resulted in a pretty darn good match.
Else (or What Else, but we called her Else for short) was a short love affair, I leased her for less than a year. Thoroughbred mare, abused ex-racer her owner and I (again, I was leasing her) were working on building back up again. She was really underweight (as you can see in the photo of me riding her, she barely has any neck at all), and had a messed up front leg - her tendon would get inflamed a lot. She was an absolute sweetheart, though, even if she did kind of break my confidence. All those years of being a race horse had left her super skittish :(
Fox in Sox
STOP IT I need this
Does anyone know what he is?
He’s a pinto warmblood :)
Gorgeous examples of Akhal Teke horses.
More shiny horses!
Yesss. I love videos/gifs of horses with their skeleton painted on. Such a cool way to show how everything works <3
Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz creates sculptures out of discarded plastics found in thrift stores, converting these unwanted materials into graceful imitations of natural beauty. For her Running series, Ganz created life-like horses in mid-gallop. “Japanese Shinto beliefs are such that all objects and organisms have spirits, and I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind,” Ganz explained her interest in recycled materials. She collects multitudes of plastic objects, organizing them in dozens of color-sorted bins in her basement. She then decides what to make when she has enough of one color, referencing photographs of her chosen species to convey its distinct movements and characteristics. Take a look at some photos of her work below as well as a video of her process, images courtesy of Sayaka Ganz.
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Started horse riding when I was… 9, I believe? Rode consistently till I was about 18 I think, even leased a horse for the last two years.
I really, really miss it.
Gosia Makosa’s work sends shivers down my spine, not even kidding
The Lord of the Rings: Loyal Steeds of Middle Earth
Still my favorite story from the Lord of the Rings set: Viggo Mortensen bonded so much with the horse he rode in the movies that after filming was over he bought it from its owner. If that doesn’t warm your heart I don’t know what could.
don’t forget that he also bought arwen’s horse for her stunt rider when she couldn’t afford it awww
#also don’t forget that for the rohirrim they put a call out for locals #bring a horse show us you can ride it and get a part in the battle scenes #and one women went out roped a wild horse and rode for a few days to set #and got to be a rider of rohan
also sort of relevant viggo also bought the horse that costarred with him in the movie hidalgo and subsequently took the horse (tj) with him to the red carpet premier.
This has me so angry I’m shaking. It’s a perfect example of how many people who work with horses don’t have a fucking ounce of horsemanship. I’ve never witnessed a shitshow quite as extreme as this, but I know little kids who would deal better with this situation than the morons in here. Why did the 10 guys in the arena think that chasing after/jumping in front of/hollering at each horse would get it to stop? Why didn’t that woman get out of her cart immediately? Why didn’t the announcer tell the audience to shut the fuck up when the first horse flipped out?
I understand that accidents like this happen all the time, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s scary as hell to witness. But every equestrian needs to be ready to deal with it. You can go ahead and buy the most expensive horse, the most expensive equipment, and the most expensive training. But if you can’t remember the most basic principle that you’re working with a powerful animal that will run on instinct when it’s afraid, then you need to get the fuck out the club.
Holy shit I got notes on this
Jesus christ I don’t know why I decided to watch this video. This is making me livid. The first horse is wearing goddamn BLINDERS. IT CANNOT SEE YOU IF YOU GRAB IT OR JUMP IN AT IT FROM THE SIDE. And why the shit does the audience not shut the fuck up? Even after the speaker tells them, multiple times, to be quiet, they keep going. And those twats jumping out in front of the horses and yelling? YOU’RE ONLY MAKING IT WORSE, ASSBUTT. Jesus. If they’d just left the first horse alone and, as best they could, kept it to the outside of the ring, it’d eventually have slowed down on its own. Yanking it inwards so it runs into another horse it cannot see because of the blinders, so that this second horse is bowled over and thus spooked… Fuck’s sake, this is like dominoes spurred on by twatwaffles.