Monday, April 16, 2018

16/04/2017 Yesterday there was an Equestrian event at our local village and we went to have a look.

Maximum temperature today 16C, minimum 9C.   Dry other than a couple of drops that did not register in the gauge; 6 km/h South Westerly winds with up to 12 km/h gusts.
Total rainfall so far this year now 437 mm.


Not sure what breed this is but one of the cart horses and what a beauty.

I think that these two are Percherons.
  
Possibly a Friesian with a very young foal...

As above...

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Horses and cart. 

Two horses working on a long rein.  This method used to be used a lot in training, but I have not seen it in use for a very long time, maybe it is coming back into fashion

Two ponies waiting to take children for a ride happily giving each other a scratch with their teeth. 

This little skewbald was hardly bigger than a Shetland, but the children were enjoying going for a ride as you can see by the happy face.

Horses and cart.  A dun and a chestnut not sure what breed.

I was captivated by this nanny goat, she was so good-natured and the children were queuing to go for a ride...

The happiest goat I have ever seen...

she really was adorable and I gave her a scratch behind her ears and she loved it.

Three ladies dressed for the occasion outside the 800 year old village church.

I showed this house a few weeks back covered in scaffolding.  Looks like a job well done and the facade looks excellent.

Loved this magnolia which was next to one of the barns.



N.B. My new bird blog is HERE 
Part 4 of the birds I saw last year in Africa.

19 comments:

  1. Some truly gorgeous animals, the horses especially. I am sure you admired them and enjoyed seeing them.

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    1. David it was lovely to be with horses again if only for a short time, I doo miss them. Cheers Diane

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  2. What beautiful creatures! Love this post!

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    1. I do miss not having horses around but it is anexpensive occupation!! Have a good week Diane

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  3. Beautiful horses all. The nanny goat not so much but she sounds like she made up for it in other ways. Glad your area of the world seems to be drying a bit. It's raining here but next week and following are forecasted to be sunny and warmer.

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    1. Penny the goat was a delight simply beacuase she was so well natured. Not an animal I would normaly fall for I admit. We have sun again today and hopefully tomorrow as well. We need to get out and dig the gardne but it is still far too wet!! Enjoy your week, Diane

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  4. A fun day for you. I'm sure it reminded you of your riding days. Do you still ride?

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    1. Hi Diane, sadly no I do not ride anymore, my back would not take it I am sad to say. It wa fun to be around horses though again. Take care t'other Diane

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  5. So many examples of the beauty of a horse. I think the first picture miiight be a vanner.

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    1. Hi Emma no I do not think it is a Vanner, far more likey to be a French breed. I do not know the French breeds that well. It is possibly a Percheron, but it looks a bit brown in colour, they are generally grey or black. A beautiful horse though what ever breed. Have a good day Diane

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  6. What beautiful looking horses. They certainly look very well cared for.

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    1. Thay were all in excellent condition, there are some very good blood lines in France. Cheers Diane

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  7. Hello dear Diane,
    What great and enjoyable post!
    I live horses and there are truly beautiful.
    I bet you must enjoy every minute of this lovely weather :)
    Of course I will be thinking of you a lot in the Kalahari, I can't wait to take off!!
    Just for the fun I will take my SA ID book with me!!!
    Warm hugs and enjoy your day :)

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    1. Very important document to take, it got us into game reserves at a cheaper price! Take care and enjoy for both of us :-))))) Have a fabulous time, warm hugs Diane

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  8. Fantastic post Diane. Those horses are very noble looking and the foul incredibly sweet. Cute goats too.

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    1. Thanks Denise, that weas a lovely foal and the Fresian breed is so good natured. I did love that goat, a very special one that! Take care Diane

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  9. That sign could have come from the old wild west but not those magnificent and huge horses. The goat is adorable. Such a fun festival.

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    1. It was fun Gaelyn and the horses were so well looked after, I really found that goat exceptional, I have never met a 'tame' one before. Cheers Diane

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  10. What lovely horses, especially the rather woolly foal. A goat pulling a cart! that would catch on in SA. Great post Diane. x

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