Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Whinnies - The "Others"


Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend. The Big V here. After my big show last week, I got a whole week off and now, Mr. JP is mainly taking me for fun rides in the woods because I was such a good boy. Here is a pic of me setting out yesterday with three of my pals, Diego, Rezhao and Bibou:


And here is Miss Violette in her field, shooing away some flies:


That aside, though, I thought I would show you a few photos of some of the other horses that took part in the big event last week.

For a start, here is an outstanding black stud. His name is Urbain de Miraud:


Our friends who came from England harrowed the field using eight horses. It was an amazing sight!



They also pulled a gun from the First Wold War with six horses, three men riding postillion on three of the horses:



Then, there were the "show" turnouts with beautifully decorated horses. The first one was what is called a tandem hitch, with two horses, one in front of the other:


The other was a regular pair:


There was also an obstacle driving competition with pairs:


You can see the difference in the harnesses the two mares have on for the two different occasions. When pulling the turnout, they have an old-fashioned leather work collar with all leather paraphernalia, but for the obstacle driving, they have ultra-light synthetic rope breastcollars and roping.
 
The friends who were driving the pair stayed in France for a few days and, this past weekend, #1 went to see them driving their 1908 horse-drawn steam fire engine at a festival in Normandy:


 We hope you enjoyed these photos, even if they were not of us!

12 comments:

Summer said...

Wow! So impressive!

Mickey's Musings said...

Glad you got a nice rest Vidock.
You did really well in the festival!
It was nice to see you and the other horses doing work and performing :)
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are very happy you started this post with some very nice shots of you two. It was fun to see all the others. Such a variety of work they can do!!!

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Two French Bulldogs said...

That is so cool all your horsie events
Snorts,
Lily & Edward

The Swiss Cats said...

Impressive ! And it's very interesting to read your explanations about the harnesses and the different hitching ways. Purrs

Brian said...

Such wonderful photos but you are the best of all!

Flynn said...

Those are lovely photos of you and the others, Vidock.

nylabluesmum said...

Mee-you yur lookin mitey hansum there Vidock!! Thee Black horse made LadyMum'ss jaw drop!! Mee finkss shee has a crush on Mistur M....
Yur friends are all so well looked aftur an wee are so happy you are doin so well mee furend.
**nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxx

Just Ducky said...

Always good to see what #1 is up to, again.

The Island Cats said...

We loved seeing the other horses. They look great!\\

Nellie Kowalik said...

Wow! What wonderful action shots! And we ALWAYS loves looking at horses!
Kisses
Nellie

Millie and Walter said...

It sure was nice seeing you and all your friends.