Yesterday we drove down to spectate
at Pitt Stop’s first agility meet. It was awesome! The weather was being extremely Danish, sunshine alternating with heavy showers, and the light was not friendly to my camera — but all the same, I captured some moments in time that are worth sharing. If only my camera had not run out of battery half way through!
A view of the agility course. And the cloudscape. Such odd weather!
Jutland drafts also come in black.
This Shire knows what carrots are for.
Gotta hand it to the Shires, they’re TALL. Of course, this guy is currently the tallest Shire in Denmark.
This fellow is one of the most gorgeous horses I have ever seen. If I ever change my mind on Emilie having babies … (I’d need to un-geld him first, of course).
Seriously. Look at that horse. He is gorgeous.
Bloody tall Shires.
Not every horse was a gazillion hands tall, of course.
Gorgeous and interested, what’s not to love?
Interestingly, the idea of pushing the yoga ball ahead of themselves was a very challenging obstacle to most of the attendees.
This little Shetland mare was the embodiment of alert and attentive all the way through.
It was a very challenging ball.
This lady impressed me. She lead her Icelandic horse with just a halter and her voice. No stick, no rope halter, no nothing. Just patiently explaining to him what to do, even when he was clearly worried.
These two kids faced the challenge and aced it.
Meet young man Michael. Michael liked sucking on my fingers.
Edit: Someone told me Thor and Michael are stallions. They are not. But they’re still big, red, and sexy.
Rock that plait!
Emilie is still a very pretty horse. Even when she’s being silly about her feet that are badly in need of a trim. We’re pushing her on the subject these days — need to be ready and willing for the farrier next week.
Once she’s no longer lame we get started on balancing work because she’s really worried about tripping or falling over while lifting feet.
Forward motion is talked about all the time in dressage, but what about the barn girls? Can testify that overdosing them on sugar works.
We had to stop her running in circles around the tree after a while. The horses were getting dizzy watching.
People keep sending me funny pictures of horses. I keep posting them. Somehow, this works. Most of these have made the rounds — but if you happen to know who made them, let me know, please, so I can give proper credits.
I lied. I know where this one comes from. That’s Emilie, Cassie and Prins.
Emilie spooked today and bam! off I went. Happy to confirm that gravity is still working as intended. Hit the fence. The fence is okay.
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.
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?
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.
I’m kind of glad I’m not the one who had to do all those braids.
Dare to be cray cray!
Just so damn pretty.
Seriously, all those braids.
First trip down the road proper. Ooh, things to ‘splore.
She may not be in top shape, but she’s still bloody fine built.
So very pretty, so very, very pretty.
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.
Don’t let them tell you that heavy draft horses cannot run. Emilie loves to run.
She’s not run me down yet. Yet.
So pretty with her ribbon.
I admit it, I am in love with this gentle giant princess.
Can you blame me, though?
Little horse, little rider. Maya and Cassie pose for the camera.
Lucia’s pose may need some work though.
This time of year is the very best for girls and horses that like speed.
Speed, and fooling around.
All pictures copyright 2017 Louise Jäger.
For a couple of other Louise shoots, check these links:
Photoshoot: Grandezza & Pilar
Pretty in Pink
Apparently no one liked the experiments in colour. We’ll stick to black and white for now.
Somebody did suggest colouring book-style pages, though — to download for their kids. Would you be interested in something like that?