|Photo credit to my mom|
Well, actually they don't really. The place hosts the Horse Shows in the Park, which are schooling shows for HITS, a big prestigious horse show thingy in Florida. A couple summers age we attended one, which was admittedly pretty unimpressive (AKA my horse and I could have ridden rounds to equal theirs, even with all our issues). It's a great show venue, though, and I think the people showing really enjoyed it.
|Leaving the barn during my lesson|
The lesson was a lot of fun. I remembered most of it when we actually got started, so I think I have a good chance of learning to drive doubles during at least one of our two lessons next week. One of the great parts of taking lessons at the museum is that the scenery is absolutely stunning. The property is enormous and filled with large and beautifully kept pastures, most of which house only two or three horses, if that. And there are a lot of horses. After the lesson was over I convinced my mom, grandma, and sister to walk around part of the grounds so I could meet some of the horses and take pictures.
The first horse we met was called Hugo. He was at the top of the pasture when we first saw him but then a golf cart drove by and he came galloping down to meet it. We, incidentally, were right there.
|Galloping to meet us|
Then we walked up by where the horse I had been driving, Tonto, was pastured. He's a Paint Horse-Draft cross. Very cute and chunky.
|Bad shot of Pony #1|
|Equally mediocre shot of Pony #2|
Ok, admit it, you enjoy looking at this horse. Right?!
Hugo made a comeback, now with his friend. Apparently they got moved to a different pasture.
Almost done! There was another pasture of Vanners at the bottom of the hill. Their manes were all braided to keep them from getting dirty, and it looked very cute.
Two pictures to go! One of the last horses we saw appeared to be a Haflinger. Sweet face, no?
And the last equids... a rare French donkey protecting what I believe is either a mini or a Falabella. I'm leaning towards Falabella, because the proportions don't appear particularly horse-like. Either way, very sweet! The donkey is there to protect the mini from predators, because donkeys are good at that and I can definitely see the mini needing it.
All done! At last, eh? I'll be repeating this twice next week, too, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Be aware. And I can't resist putting in this last photo, which is what a lot of you must be thinking/feeling at this moment with the gargantuan post.
|OMGISHH PICTURE HEAVY|