Adding Insult to Injury

@JudyEv (134918)
Bunbury, Australia
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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@MALUSE (43507)
• Uzbekistan
1 Sep 17
Are these horses heavy enough for you?
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 17
Yep. That's the sort I like.
@Raelove (17586)
• Saco, Maine
1 Sep 17
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.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 17
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.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
1 Sep 17
@JudyEv Which is the place in the photo?
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@Raelove (17586)
• Saco, Maine
1 Sep 17
@JudyEv Oh, what a great photo. Thanks for sharing!
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Sep 17
That was sad to happen. I'm glad you had a good time despite your fall on the apples. The picture of the horse is intriguing.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
I would love to have had a play with it.
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@just4him (127165)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Sep 17
@JudyEv I'm sure you would have.
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@rebelann (42803)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Sep 17
What a neat statue, I wonder if they repose it now and then
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
I was dying to repose it for them but I didn't. Too much video surveillance around.
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@rebelann (42803)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Sep 17
Darn @JudyEv you would have had so much fun doing that
@1hopefulman (32461)
• Canada
1 Sep 17
Sorry for your fall but those apples can be slippery. So the horse is put tither in such a way that it could take on different poses?
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
Yes. It bent at the white points so the head could go up or down and the legs could be moved. I would love to have had a fiddle with it.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
1 Sep 17
Fascinating facts.A pity about photos from the last few days.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
The photos are on the cameras but for the moment we can't get them onto the computer. It will be fixed in time.
@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Sep 17
Sounds like an interesting day at the farm. Yes, I am very impressed with that model horse. I bet even a child would enjoy playing with a horse like that.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 17
There was no information anywhere near it. It was a bit of a mystery how it scored a position there.
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@allen0187 (33914)
• Philippines
12 Sep 17
So sorry about your misfortune with the rotten apples. That horse is a lovely piece indeed. I wouldn't mind getting something similar.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Sep 17
It's a nice piece isn't it? I couldn't work out what all the white dots were at first.
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@allen0187 (33914)
• Philippines
13 Sep 17
@JudyEv I would have preferred that these points of articulation be painted with the same shade of color of the horse for a cleaner look.
@xFiacre (5181)
• Ireland
2 Sep 17
@judyev I thought surely you were going to tell us you fell in something the horse left behind. Too bad - it's said to bring good luck.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Sep 17
Too bad? TOO BAD? Are you being funny? Anyway squashed apple was pretty awful - and didn't look good on my behind. Wrong colour altogether.
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@xFiacre (5181)
• Ireland
3 Sep 17
@JudyEv I remember now, it's a pigeon pooping on you that brings good luck. Falling in the mucky stuff is just gross.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Sep 17
Glad you weren't hurt when you fell. Better a stain than a broken bone
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
That's for sure. I try to be really careful now up stairs, over uneven ground, anywhere in fact. I don't want a broken hip at my age.
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@teamfreak16 (41409)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 17
Glad you guys had a wonderful time in France!
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
Thanks. This time tomorrow we'll be on the ferry.
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@teamfreak16 (41409)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 17
@JudyEv - Have a safe trip.
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
1 Sep 17
Fascinating horse in the photo. So sorry about your big oops!
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
Rotten apple isn't very pleasant. I soaked them as soon as I got back to the motor-home and luckily there are no stains.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
2 Sep 17
@JudyEv I wouldn't imagine it would be. Glad the mess came out.
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@amadeo (73144)
• United States
1 Sep 17
thank you for the information n this.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Sep 17
I'm glad you enjoyed it. There are a lot more coming once I can upload the relevant photos.
@amadeo (73144)
• United States
1 Sep 17
@JudyEv Okay and good luck in uploading there
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@JohnRoberts (62991)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Sep 17
That horse doesn't leave behind any unpleasant "gifts."
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Sep 17
There the best ones to have aren't they?
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