Horse sense

“One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” — Dale Carnegie

Last week, when we arrived at the ranch, Anklebiter #1’s favourite horse was out teaching a girl how not to be frightened of horses.

So we saddled up this cutie instead.

Gleysir. An Icelandic horse with wild hair.

Just look at his fabulous winter coat! No wonder he never gets cold.

Some say that the art of riding – just like the art of life – is learning how to fall.

(But for me, it’s more about keeping the horse between myself and the ground.)

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61 responses

  1. oh wow, so very cute! And I can practically feel the fur through the screen. *Achooo*

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    March 12, 2011 at 17:01

  2. Beautiful close up shots of a beautiful horse.

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    March 12, 2011 at 17:05

  3. Love the hair style!

    my critters<?a., have a nice weekend!

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    March 12, 2011 at 17:05

  4. He looks a fine sturdy mount – nice and warm, too, with that thick winter coat.

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    March 12, 2011 at 17:43

  5. Love his unruly fringe, too!

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:00

  6. Beautiful picture!

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:05

  7. We should learn more from the horses and the birds. Love that hair!

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:07

  8. oh what a pretty horse…took one of my kids i work with to a horse farm…so therapeutic just to brush them….

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:12

  9. Loe the shot of his “do”!!!

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:23

  10. cherry blossom

    I love them horses! Someday I’m going to have a pony farm! 😉

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:44

  11. I’ve ridden Icelandics a couple of times. Fun horses with their little tolt type trot. How lucky your daughter is to have this experience. I had to wait until I was 38 to begin riding, with all the adult fears that went with that. But 25 years later, I’m still at it though I’ve lost count at how many times I’ve hit the ground. I’m off to ride right now!

    As always, gorgeous photos, my friend.

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:45

  12. Wonderful photos. A very cute pony. And I love your line “keeping the horse between me and the ground” – I was never able to do that.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    March 12, 2011 at 18:48

  13. I like your philosophy. I used to ride
    ( Western saddle only ) but, after my extensive back surgery when I was forty, I gave it up. I still love horses, though, and will pull off the road to get my fill of looking at them.

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    March 12, 2011 at 19:08

  14. Oh Gleyser is a beauty. I love horses and it’s been years since I’ve been on one. Must remedy that.

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    March 12, 2011 at 19:37

  15. Beautiful, and so well adapted to their climate.

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    March 12, 2011 at 19:56

  16. my hair looks exactly like that first thing in the morning. seriously.

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    March 12, 2011 at 20:41

  17. He is very handsome in his warm brown coat.

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    March 12, 2011 at 21:14

  18. What a great looking guy!! Boom 7 gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    March 12, 2011 at 21:29

  19. I bet he smells good too! He could use a braid or two to manage his mane. I used to love to ride..but have not gone for about 20 years now..I still love the horses:)

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    March 12, 2011 at 21:36

  20. What a fine looking Horse.

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    March 12, 2011 at 23:42

  21. He certainly has an impressive winter coat! I’m more in favor of learning how to stay on!

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    March 13, 2011 at 00:54

  22. Fi, Please get me the name of Gleysir’s stylist. I like his coy look. However, if I were riding him, I’d prefer to stay in the saddle.

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    March 13, 2011 at 01:05

  23. I would love to take a Kleenex and take the gunk out of hie eye though….LOL

    Gill in Canada

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    March 13, 2011 at 02:03

  24. Gleysir – what a lovely name!
    It’s very Icelandic indeed.

    If I had a horse, I probably name mine Borealis. 🙂

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    March 13, 2011 at 02:14

  25. I was such a horse nut when I was a kid– it was actually what got me to be a reader. Looks like a lovely pony to ride and great pics. He’s got a great smile!!!

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    March 13, 2011 at 02:56

  26. Mother nature did a wonderful job of preparing that horse for winter. He is a beauty.

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    March 13, 2011 at 03:33

  27. I do love horses. I wish I had the opportunity to ride more as a child. I was always envious of my cousins with theirs. Also, love the wild hair!

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    March 13, 2011 at 04:07

  28. Beautiful horse and photos! His hair is shining in the sunlight. Looks contemplative and wise with his gentle eyes, .. and looks so calm and collected or has a hint of sadness in his eyes depending on my mood.

    ..the art of riding – just like the art of life – is learning how to fall.” Yes, and how to bend.

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    March 13, 2011 at 05:15

  29. Now that’s a bad hair day *grin*

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    March 13, 2011 at 05:38

  30. Such beautiful, clever faces. So very appealing and charming.

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    March 13, 2011 at 05:40

  31. Dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. The last (and only) horse I was ever on tried to scrape me off on a tree.

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    March 13, 2011 at 08:28

  32. lovely captures and i agree about keeping the horses in between 🙂

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    March 13, 2011 at 10:11

  33. Wow, gorgeous closeups. What a pretty horse. I have not been on a horse in years! But, I do love them.

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    March 13, 2011 at 12:00

  34. so fuzzy and cute in his winter jacket

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    March 13, 2011 at 12:55

  35. Oh my…what a beauty!

    C x

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    March 13, 2011 at 13:18

  36. Wow…I like the eyes

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    March 13, 2011 at 13:28

  37. Amy

    Do you ride also Fi? Icelandic horses are cute with that wild hair of theirs!!! What a wonderful activity to do with your kids!!!

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    March 13, 2011 at 15:25

    • I just watch… I’m a bit scared of horses…

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      March 13, 2011 at 15:33

  38. your photos are always always such a treat. I love Gleysir’s grizzled look, and the image of his sideways head is extraordinary. he is so beautiful. what you’ve done here is almost enabled me to smell him, and I really like the smell of a horse. have a great week LadyFi!

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    March 13, 2011 at 17:03

  39. horses really loosk cool this time of year. 🙂

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    March 13, 2011 at 18:15

  40. As a horse lover I truly appreciate this post.;)
    I rode a lot as a teenager and I recall being nowhere as happy as on a horseback, those 30 years ago.;)
    Lovely photography.;)
    xoxo

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    March 13, 2011 at 19:06

  41. lilalia

    You’re braver than I will ever be. Horses remain big and mysterious and unpredictable creatures in my books.

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    March 13, 2011 at 19:24

  42. JM

    Cutie indeed. The photos are fantastic!

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    March 13, 2011 at 19:33

  43. Lovely shot with the light in the background

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    March 13, 2011 at 20:01

  44. Blu

    umm I feel I could give a big horsey hug that the beautiful beastie!..mwah!

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    March 13, 2011 at 20:15

  45. I’m with you – the trick is to keep the horse between you and the ground – and what a lovely horse, as well!

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    March 13, 2011 at 21:43

  46. What great images… wish I was there to see them in person and maybe get a ride out of it 🙂 Great CC post!

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    March 13, 2011 at 21:48

  47. lol, yea, it´s a cutie. 🙂

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    March 13, 2011 at 22:07

  48. I love his wild hair! What a gorgeous horse, and your photos of him are wonderful!

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    March 14, 2011 at 00:37

  49. He’s adorably furry cute! I’m not much a fan of falling. 🙂

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    March 14, 2011 at 02:05

  50. Wow, Love all your photos. Wonderfully captured.

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    March 14, 2011 at 04:27

  51. Cutie is right – fabulous mop top! Great quote by Carnegie, too – so true, eh?

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    March 14, 2011 at 05:15

  52. I was just telling Ben yesterday how much I missed horses!

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    March 14, 2011 at 12:14

  53. Fantastic images. What a beautiful horse!

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    March 14, 2011 at 13:34

  54. Ash

    Gorgeous photos and oh, I loved that quote. We could definitely learn that from birds and horses!

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    March 14, 2011 at 14:24

  55. Fabulous furry friend ‘fotos’!! I love the sunlight on the beautiful coat in the last photo.

    Today’s post Link: Sand Dollars and Sea Drift Seeds

    Thanks for stopping by for my camera critters post… have a glorious day!!

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    March 14, 2011 at 14:30

  56. I find that the trick with riding is moving with the horse and not fighting against it. Could be true with life also.

    I have my horse blanketed, but the neck and face and legs that are exposed are just as fuzzy as the pony you show. The combination of smooth and fuzzy makes for a funny look.

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    March 14, 2011 at 17:58

  57. Beautiful animal and golden lighting!

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    March 15, 2011 at 10:43

  58. WOW! 58 comments—you do show us beauty!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    March 15, 2011 at 22:22

  59. marina

    what a sweet looking creature!

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    March 16, 2011 at 00:52

  60. I love the way you cropped Gleysir in the first photo ~ powerful 🙂

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    March 16, 2011 at 15:37

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