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17 December 2012

Horses (Equus caballus) and Draught Horse Showing

As long as I can remember, horses have always been my passion. I take special joy in horse riding, I still believe that horse is the best means of transport, and getting off the horse is one of the worst mistakes humanity has ever made.  History of human kind is inextricably linked to the horse — equine has been our indispensable companion for thousands of years, and look what has become of the world in the last 100-odd years.
Yet, people dope horses to make them win competition, geld male horses to make them docile, or slaughter them for food as a sign of gratitude for their help throughout the centuries. The very thought of humans eating horseflesh makes me sick — to me it's not much different from cannibalism.

Apart from its obvious utility (mind that neither the horse nor any other animal has ever needed us for its survival, but we do need animals for ours), there's something very romantic about this beautiful animal, largely due to its mane and tail streaming in the wind.

Anyway, last week we chanced upon a draught horse showing and had a lot of fun.
It was one of those halcyon days of splendid weather filled with joyous, festive atmosphere, and thankfully, I had my camera with me.

Flaxen Chestnut Pony (Equus caballus) portrait
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Flaxen Chestnut Pony (Equus caballus)
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Chestnut Pony (Equus caballus) with Flaxen mane
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Dark bay (seal brown) horse portrait (Equus caballus)
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Two Bay horses in blinkers close-up
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Grey horse in blinkers portrait
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Draught Horse Showing. Grey horse in harness portrait
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Grey horse in harness
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Draught Horse Showing. Two bay horses portrait
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Draught Horse Showing. Bay horses in blinkers portrait
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Carriage driving. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Four-in-hand carriage back view
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Draught Horse Showing. Ladies cart with bay horse
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Tandem of two grey horses. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Draught Horse Showing. Tandem of three dark bay horses
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Draught Horse Showing. Tandem of grey horses
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Tandem of four dark bay horses. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Draught horse showing. Team of dark bay horses hitched on landau
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Four-in-hand carriage drawn by a team of four bay horses
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Teams hitched on landaus. (© 2012 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Four-in-hand team of bay horses
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Four-in-hand carriage with bay horses
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Draught horse showing. Team of white horses
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Draught horse showing. Team of white horses and four-wheeled carriage
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Draught Horse Showing. Team of black horses
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Draught Horse Showing. Four-in-hand team of bay horses
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Draught Horse Showing. Team of skewbald horses and four-wheeled carriage
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Draught Horse Showing. Team of skewbald horses
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