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Posts Tagged: horses


Posts Tagged ‘horses’

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Surprise Attack

Surprise Attack

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Onwards

I have taken better photos of horses, but few that strike me as strangely funnier. :-)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Le cheval, c’est moi.

A horse head from below

Here’s another challenge reply, this time for the prompt “point of view of a small child.”

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Wind of Heaven

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.
Arabian Proverb

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Eye of the Beholder

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Horse Country

So, by Monday I was up in Lexington, and mostly over my jetlag (one of my major reasons for flying to the US some days early – a jetlagged academic does not a good conference attendee make, at least in my case), and had a good half-day left to do things in. My plan was to get close to or to Bloomington, IN by nightfall, as the conference that was my reason for being in the States in the first place started after lunch on Tuesday.

So, seeing as I come from a family that currently owns three horses, and that has a professional horse rider in their midst (my sister), I decided that in a region that is not called “horse country” for nothing, I might as well go and look at some horses. And since I was short of time, the Kentucky Horse Park, the “Epicenter of Equestrian Life” (ha!) with its promise of 50 different breeds of horses and lots of information and parades seemed like a good idea. Well … yeah. Some ideas that seem good at the time … really aren’t. I suppose if you’ve never seen a horse in your life its an interesting enough place, but if you have actually spent some time around horses a “horse show” that consists of five horses, each being ridden around a small rink three times by their atrociously clad riders (a princess, a knight, a flamenco dancer, …) and hearing such edifying commentary as “A female horse is called a mare, and a male is a stallion!” … really isn’t all that exciting. Also, their much lauded “mares and foals” show consisted of, uh, two each. Yeah. Right. Buy a plane ticket, come to Marbach.

The most interesting thing I found in the whole place was in a huge deserted stable, and it consisted of a poster that depicted the different carriage types used in Regency England. And their museum was okay. But other than that … well, not so much.


So I decided to spend a lot less time there than I had planned, and since I was both horse-frustrated (not that I usually seek horse related information out, but once I had made the decision to do so, I darn well wanted to see something interesting that was vaguely related to horses), and now had these free hours, and it wasn’t too far out of the way, I drove to Bloomington via Louisville and managed to make it to the Churchill Downs (the race track the Kentucky Derby is held at, and arguably the most famous racetrack in the US) about 90 minutes before they close for the night, and in time to catch a guided tour of the race track, and to spend some time browsing their museum. Suffice to say, here was a great amount of horse-related obscure lore I’d not heard of before, and I was at peace with the day again, and happily drove off to find a motel close to Bloomington where I could do some loads of washing before the conference.

the twin spires of the Churchill Downs

Some further links, where you can see the track itself &c:

You can see the racetrack in this Disney trailer for Secretariat a couple of times, and here is some historical footage from 1973.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Horse Country

horses with fence

This photo is actually from yesterday, not from today, but today was all about horses, so it fits in spirit, if not in location. Lexington, Kentucky, and the area surrounding it are a horse breeding region, and so you can drive through gently rolling hills of blue grass and white pasture fences for hours. Unsurprisingly, they’re also big on advertizing their horse business here, and so you can do all sorts of horse-related things.

I decided to go to the Kentucky Horse park, which, besides of an interesting museum, was … not great. Possibly interesting to people who have never seen a horse in the history of ever, and don’t even know that they have, like, four legs.

The Churchill Downs in Louisville made up for it though … less “What is a baby horse called?” and more interesting history. My conference starts tomorrow, so, while I will keep posting travel reports for some posts yet, I am actually mostly done with the adventuring.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010