Friday, February 26, 2010

English Riding









9 comments:

Sydney said...

Weighted shoes, really?
Saddleseat on an Arab is fine but when you put the weighted shoes on they are Tennessee walking horses.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Look at that beautiful white tail!! It's too long for my liking though.

fernvalley01 said...

I think my fav is the du looking horse in #4 .Such an elegant creature. There are quite a few bigger looking arabs in these photos ,I am more familiar with the smaller dainty ones . I like the big ones ,are the polish?or egyptian I get the two confused

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

fernvalley01 - The bigger ones might actually be half-Arabian, half-Saddlebred. It seems a lot of the classes I attended were half-breed.

Promise said...

I'd guess that big chestnut mare in the 4th photo is a NSH. She looks more like a saddlebred to me, with those ears and neck.

Paint Girl said...

Yes, alot of those are half arab, half saddlebred. We brought along a few of them. The english classes are huge right now and so are the half arabs. It is very exciting to watch.
The way they move isn't just in the shoes, actually alot of them don't have the big shoes, it is in how they are built and they can really get their front end up.
I love your pictures, can't believe how many you got!! In the 6th picture, the "saloon" barn in the background, our farm was the barn to the left of that one. We were in one of the main barns. I walked back and forth by those wash racks and arenas about 25 times a day!!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Paint Girl - Gotcha. I totally comprehend what barn you are talking about. I walked past it several times, but no one was out front. When I go to our regionals, the barns are outdoor barns, so spectators can walk up and down the aisles and meet the horses. I don't think they want that to happen on this level, though. I would have loved to meet some of the more famous horses, but was afraid to bother anyone at the barns, because they were so busy. If I were in the market to breed Gabbrielle, I might have asked. However, I'm not getting anymore horses unless one of mine passes away, and then I would probably get a gaited breed since I enjoy trail riding. Were you one of the groomers who would take down the tails from their wraps and run after the horses while brushing the tails? I thought that was really cool.

Katharine Swan said...

FV, totally agree about the tail length. A little too My Little Pony for me. ;o)

lytha said...

nm, today fugly blogged about the feet on these horses. i assume she means these horses anyway. it pains me to see these feet, and it should be illegal to shoe this way.

we just can't leave good enough alone, we have to manipulate it and turn the original breed of horse into something more man-made. at the cost of their soundness and even years off their lives.

i simply have to find the advertisement i made for arabians as a retort to a TWH advertisement (the published(!) TWH ad claims they kick arabian butt. ok, i had to do something about that!). i submitted my ad to Endurance News magazine and they laughed and laughed but couldn't print it, even if i had offered to pay.

~lytha