Personal Poneh Space


Have you ever noticed how different horses — and for that matter, different people — have different needs for personal space? The ‘bubble’ around us grows and diminishes in size depending on who we are, and whom and what we are dealing with.

Grandezza’s personal space requirement for her people, Louise, Cecilie, and Käthe is very small: She trusts and likes them. Her bubble becomes a bit larger for strangers — she’s a friendly and polite horse, but please, don’t be all over her. Wine and dine her first or something. And if you’re a gelding, you should be on Mars.

Pilar’s personal bubble is pretty much non-existent. She lets anyone into her personal space unless they want to trim her feet. At that point she dances and squeals like a teenage girl in a tickle battle.

Grandezza, with the greater need for personal space, will politely inquire whether it’s okay to frisk you for treats before doing so. Pilar, who has no clue about this, will stomp right in and get to work. Grandezza is polite. Pilar is… Pilar.

Horses and people are a lot alike in this respect. I find that one should respect a personal bubble, whether it’s inhabited by a human or an equine. Working with either will be so much easier if they don’t feel that you’re all over them, hands everywhere, being entirely too pushy.

Photoshoot: Grandezza & Pilar

Louise and Käthe Jæger got our horses and their camera together this Saturday and shot some awesome picture of Grandezza and Pilar (that’s Louise with them, not me, in case anyone should be in doubt). Käthe and her two daughters, Louise and Cecilie, are the nice people who help me exercise Pilar while I am stuck on the couch with a broken arm.

Pretty Pilar in her pink and shiny halter that Alvin bought for his little princess.
Pretty Pilar in her pink and shiny halter that Alvin bought for his little princess.
Lucia let us borrow Cassie’s pink wraps for the perfect princess look.
Pilar doesn’t let details such as the target being mounted stop her from asking for treats.
Thoroughbred Grandezza is simply adorable. Very friendly too, unless you happen to be a gelding and look at her the wrong way.
“It has interesting thingssss in its pocketses!”
All three girls lookig pretty. Pilar and Grandezza are besties.
Daddy’s little princess and mummy’s little arm breaker does know how to strike a pose.
Besties who know how to search somebody for treats together.
Pilar’s newest trick is kissing. Since she found out that kiss equates treat she has been snogging everyone in sight.
We so pretteh.
Pilar’s looks have improved a lot over autumn as she gained weight and muscle mass. Louise has a lot to do with the latter.
Lookit the ribbon! Such a pretty princess!
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