Adding Insult to Injury
By Judy Evans
September 1, 2017 12:51pm CST
I like all animals, especially horses and especially heavy or draught horses. I learnt to ride on one of these gentle giants and in our last few days in France we were able to attend a farm where we saw 26 heavy horses, 2 donkeys and a few ponies. We were able to walk around and pat the horses, saw the massive collars that they wear then watched a very entertaining performance. I flattened the battery in the camera and also flattened myself when I trod on some fallen apples which rolled under me and I fell over, landing on a very rotten one. I had to tie my jumper round my waist as the stain on the slacks looked like something nastier than rotten apple. Them’s the breaks. I can’t load any photos from the last few days but here’s one of a horse we saw in the castle at Falaise. The white spots are pins which allow the manipulation of the various parts. So, for instance, the legs could be bent at various points. I thought it was a beautifully modelled horse and was intrigued by the ingenuity of allowing it to be adjusted in various ways.
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• Saco, Maine
Many years ago, my maternal grandfather had a small farm on the outskirts of the town I grew up in, back before urban sprawl took over. He had various animals, including two horses: a spirited young stallion called Prince and a big old draught horse called Nellie. I remember how gentle she was and how he felt safe leading her out into the barnyard with others around. I have never ridden a horse, as they always intimidated me. But I consider them very fine animals.
• Bunbury, Australia
It seems the bigger the horse the more it can be trusted although that isn't always the case. I'm not very confident around some animals as I don't know their habits and body language but I've spent a lot of time around horses so I have no fear of them. Here is Trixie, the horse who taught me to ride.