This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “H” for “horse”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #08, February 19, 2014)
I have a confession to make – I have been terrified of horses since I was in my early teens.
At that time, I was involved in quite a bad accident while riding a horse. Now the accident probably had more to do with the fact that I had no experience or training in horseback riding, but nonetheless, the accident left a mental scar – as much as I thought horses were magnificent animals, I would not go near them. In August 2012, I came across a photo of me riding a horse when I was in my late teens. I had totally forgotten about this (no, it wasn’t a mental block, just a lousy memory) and it made me wonder if there was yet hope for me to get back on a horse.
So in late 2013 I did! And I am glad I did because now I am falling in love with these wonderful animals. Here are some photos, past and present, of horses in my photo collection.
Several years ago I was invited to take photos of an acquaintance’s horses. I cannot remember how many she had, but I stood in the middle of a large paddock, my heart in my mouth, while these large animals let off steam around me.
Mounted police in New York City.
Horse drawn carriage in New York City.
No, it isn’t dead … just taking it easy on a warm, summer day.
Meet Teddy. He is one of the horses at the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton, otherwise known as TROtt (http://trott.ncf.ca/
). I recently had an opportunity to be in TROtt’s arena while Teddy was exercising.
Ground view of an early morning munch in the pasture.
I was out riding my motorbike around the countryside late in the summer of 2013 and I came across this pastoral scene. Couldn’t resist stopping to grab this photo.
Buddies having breakfast together.
Blowing off steam after being cooped up inside in the hot weather.
Ahhhhh … feels sooooo good!
There is a sad story about this horse. I was invited to a small farm, where the owners kept three beautiful horses and several dogs. I spent a nice day there and took many photos of the horses. Three days later there was a fire in the barn and all the animals perished.
A pair of beautiful and friendly animals that live and work in the Ottawa Byward Market area. And yes, if you look hard enough, you will find a horse stable in the market area.
Also, some inanimate horses …
This chap plays an important role of telling us which way the wind blows. The weather vane is located on the roof of one of the buildings at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum (http://www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca/home
This horse is forever spinning round and round at one of the few working carousels in Canada, located in St Catharines, Ontario.
You can find this life size wooden horse on the send floor of Ottawa’s city hall building. It played a role in the wedding of some close friends and I have photos of the married couple standing next to this wooden beast.
A poor creature I discovered abandoned at a small country property I visited in the fall of 2013.
You will find these beasts with their complete herd as they run around the National Art Gallery of Canada.
And this cutie is not a horse but he is so cute I couldn’t resist adding him to this blog …
And last, but certainly not least, meet Fanny. She is the horse I have been learning to ride at TROtt, and she is an absolute sweetie, with a bit of a mischievous streak in her friendly personality.