Emilie is a Very Beautiful Lady

Louise Jæger and Karoline Ragnar did another photoshoot of Emilie today. And, like two years ago, they neglected to tell me first — so this was quite the pleasant surprise!

I’m amazed at how beautiful that horse is.

Attentive, alert, unfazed by first trip to the field.
Attentive, alert, unfazed by first trip to the field.
Not sure what Emilie just said to Karoline, but it was clearly a contestant for the joke of the year award.
Not sure what Emilie just said to Karoline, but it was clearly a contestant for the joke of the year award.
Can't really tell that six months ago, this horse nearly died from colic, can you?
Can’t really tell that six months ago, this horse nearly died from colic, can you?
Such a big world out there to explore.
Such a big world out there to explore.
Getting artsy-fartsy with the indoors arena. Actually very hard to get decent shots in there due to darkness and dust.
Getting artsy-fartsy with the indoors arena. Actually very hard to get decent shots in there due to darkness and dust.
I'm kind of glad I'm not the one who had to do all those braids.
I’m kind of glad I’m not the one who had to do all those braids.
Dare to be cray cray!
Dare to be cray cray!
Just so damn pretty.
Just so damn pretty.
Seriously, all those braids.
Seriously, all those braids.
First trip down the road proper. Ooh, things to 'splore.
First trip down the road proper. Ooh, things to ‘splore.
She may not be in top shape, but she's still bloody fine built.
She may not be in top shape, but she’s still bloody fine built.
So very pretty, so very, very pretty.
So very pretty, so very, very pretty.

Photograph Madness!

Every horse person knows that person who takes great pictures. In this case, Louise Jäger took her fancy camera out for a spin, and these are the best picks of the crop!

 

Emilie does what she does best: Look pretty.
Emilie does what she does best: Look pretty.
Don't let them tell you that heavy draft horses cannot run. Emilie loves to run.
Don’t let them tell you that heavy draft horses cannot run. Emilie loves to run.
She's not run me down yet. Yet.
She’s not run me down yet. Yet.
So pretty with her ribbon.
So pretty with her ribbon.
I admit it, I am in love with this gentle giant princess.
I admit it, I am in love with this gentle giant princess.
Can you blame me, though?
Can you blame me, though?
Little horse, little rider. Maya and Cassie pose for the camera.
Little horse, little rider. Maya and Cassie pose for the camera.
Lucia's pose may need some work though.
Lucia’s pose may need some work though.
This time of year is the very best for girls and horses that like speed.
This time of year is the very best for girls and horses that like speed.
Speed, and fooling around.
Speed, and fooling around.
Adventure time!
Adventure time!
Yeeeeeeehaw!
Yeeeeeeehaw!

All pictures copyright 2017 Louise Jäger.

For a couple of other Louise shoots, check these links:

Photoshoot: Grandezza & Pilar

Pretty in Pink

Emilie’s New Clothes!

Full picture of Emilie's new bridle.
Photo copyright 2017 Leathercraft by Philippa Victoria
Close-up of the unicorn on Emilie's new bridle.
Photo copyright 2017 Leathercraft by Philippa Victoria
Not sure why she looks so worried. It fits perfectly.
New saddle from Barefoot, too!
It’s that time of the month, so the lady needed a bit of convincing to pose for the photo instead of flirting with the gelding behind her.
She may be in good health now, I’m not. 15 minutes of walking and I let her wander off on her own to graze a bit while I collapsed into a chair.

Pony Sez #29

Yawning horse

I already wrote about horses and yawning once this week, but it bears repetition. Yawning is a displacement signal. It tells an aggressive herd member to take a chill pill and relax. There is no danger. Breathe, man, breathe.

Anna Blake has a great article on yawning as a calming signal here.

Oh, and you can probably tell that my experiments with colour are ongoing. Let me know what you think.

Training feet!

Wet horse is wet.
Wet horse is wet.

What do you do when it’s pouring cats and dogs, excluding walks, and your horse is still too lame to ride? You train hoof picking, of course. Emilie lifts her feet just fine when asked, but she’s still struggling with the bit about keeping them in the air until we’re done. 

I wondered how to make her understand what it is that I want. She lifts her feet willingly but keeping them up just didn’t seem to click.  Yesterday, while asked to lift her foot, she looked intently at me and then started to yawn, three, four times in a row.  Aha! said I.

When a horse yawns at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the horse is bored or tired. Yawning is a displacement. When one horse — or person — yawns, it catches. Everyone else yawns. Everyone else relaxes a bit. What Emilie was saying was, “Slow down, please. I’m confused and I need to process this without you bugging me to do it faster.”

So we slowed down. Instead of ‘lift foot and hold it’, we settled for ‘lift foot and put it down slowly instead of stomping’. Relax. Every other lift, a scritch in her favourite spot between the legs. Less stress. Less pressure.

She’s gone from waving and stomping to raising foot, keeping it up for 3 seconds on her own, and putting it down gently in two sessions. I’m very content.