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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

E-for Equestrian.

I love horses and all that is involved in the Equine world.

 I have been sitting in my favourite reclining chair just wracking my brains for a suitable subject, then...... Lo and behold.... Before my very eyes....on TV the coverage of the Equestrian Events in the 2016 Olympics Games.......Inspiration at last!

One of the British entrants competing in the dressage section.
Horses have been used through the ages for many purposes. When I was a child we used to have our freshly baked bread delivered daily by a large covered cart drawn by a huge shire horse called Bob we used to give him a large juicy apple off one of our Grandpa's trees. When the Cart horse had finished his deliveries Grandpa would diligently follow in the horse's big clodding shoe steps and shovel the loads of steaming horse manure into a bucket, he then would spread it around the garden on his various fruit and vegetable plants and particularly on his prize winning rhubarb. Needless to say my brother and I would not eat the lovely rhubarb pies our granny used to produce.

Shire Horse similar to Bob the Bread Horse.

In the UK we have many Police Horses that are used in crowd control at sporting events and protecting and escorting Royalty etc. Our Equine friends are also used in many sports including the most famous of all Horse Races; Where I live the world famous Grand National is staged annually at the Aintree Race Course.

 The famous horse called Red Rum who was from Liverpool and was trained on the wonderful beaches going from Liverpool up to the Lancashire seaside. 

               Red Rum won the Grand National three times.



Red Rum cantering along Formby Beach, during his daily training




Red Rum's Grave at Aintree Race Course.



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Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.















37 comments:

  1. So you see... if you need something, realy need it, it comes to you ;-) Lovely post.

    I am not a specific horselover but I do admire them greatly for their posure, the mearas are my favorite ones.

    Have a nice ABC-W-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-19-e/

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    1. hi Melody, horses, despite their great weight are very
      graceful beast and, as you say,
      'with great posture',
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    2. I have great respect for them... not that I am easily scared of an animal but horses are somewhat to impressive for me ;-)

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  2. This is an EXCELLENT topic for this week! ENJOYED it immensely. As a matter of fact, my friend Jane (Wales) has a horse that she is training for racing and has a dream that it will be a Grand National racer!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Hi leslie,
      I remember reading about jane and her horse.
      You'll have to let me know the name of the
      one she's training so I can look out for it
      at the next Grand National Meeting, I always
      back a few horses each year and am quite lucky
      in picking the winner.
      Love Di xx

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  3. Although we live in SW Texas, we don't own any horses. However, I have fond memories of riding them in my Paternal Grandmother's ranch in central Mexico, when I was growing up. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Ronaldo,
      Good to hear from you again. I though all Texans wore big hats and rode horses, I guess watching too much Dallas has coloured my imagination.
      Blessings my friend,
      Di.ABCW team.

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  4. A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. hi Roger,
      'You're always on a steady Course'
      ask for Mr Ed'... or words to that effect..
      My favourite scene from Mr Ed was when he
      fell in love with 'The pretty little Filly
      with the pony tail'.... delightful!
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  5. Red rum....now that was a horse!

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    1. Indeed Thud !
      He was such a character too, I just loved him.
      And like every other Merseysider, I backed him to win.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      xxx

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  6. Loved your write up!I consider horse to be a graceful animal. It represents strength,love and loyalty.

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    1. Hello Uppal,
      Thanks for your kind comments. I agree with you that the horse is a graceful animal. They amaze me in the Dressage event, such skill from rider and horse.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Hello Amit,
      Good to hear from you and thanks for your
      kind comments.
      Best Wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  8. Great post - equestrian is a wonderful topic and I'm glad you were inspired.

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    1. Hi Hildred,
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      I quite often leave it until the last minute to write
      my stuff but as soon as I sit at my PC whoosh!..... just like a race horse...... I'm off...
      I have to do the introduction for next week and needless to say, I haven't a clue what i should write about...
      Best wishes,
      Di.ABCW team.

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  9. The equestrian events are the most interesting parts of the olympic games. We had a very talented woman horserider in the preceding olympic games, who won always a gold medal with dressage. This year she shall not take part in the games .

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    1. Hi Wils,
      I enjoy the equestrian in the games too. If I recall the name of the rider from the Netherlands is Anky Van Grunsven / A wonderful rider, in fact there's a lot of brilliant riders from several countries. it amazes me the control they have over the horses, such magnificent beasts, almost human, I love them.
      hope you are in good health, i've been laid low for several weeks with a brochial infection but pleased to report i am well and truly on the mend!
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    2. I am sorry to hear that you were ill, but glad that you are getting better.
      Yes my B.I.L. could find the coffee quite easily and was with us in a few minutes.

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  10. Your grandpa story made me smile as it was generally a race between my mother and our next door neighbour of who got the prized ingredient for their garden.

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    1. Hi Joy,
      Honestly, my brother and I used to be appalled when Grandpa was shovelling the dung up, it was almost falling out of the horse's rear end as he shovelled. He had a big compost heap at the
      end of the garden it used to steam, I'm sure if he'd put a match to it, it would have wiped out the neighbourhood !

      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Thanks Lea,
      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  12. Horses are beautiful creatures. Sweet and loving. Once upon a time I thought it would be fun to be a cowboy and drive the cattle to market. I've ridden a horse a handful of times. Except for once, around a paddock. The other time was along the beach, on which the horse had no desire to go forward until we headed home and then whoop-di-do, it was at full gallop! That would've been funny to see me hold on.

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    1. Now Susie,
      Now that is something I would have liked to see...Yee Ha !
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  13. Beautiful photos of such amazing animals.

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    1. Thanks the picture are great, I scoured around the web
      site 'horsey world' to find them,
      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  14. Excellent post with E.... equally adorable pics.

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    1. Hi Indrani,
      good to hear from you again,
      glad you like the pics, which I sourced from the web site.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  16. Wonderful post and photos of beautiful horses for E !

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

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  17. I love to watch them in the events, however I usually close my eyes when they jump--so afraid they will stumble. YES we did pose for that 5 generation pic--had a photographer capture the day.
    Ann

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  18. Our Mark Todd was a hopeful to be the oldest equestrian Olympian to win a medal, but he failed.

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  19. Hi, thank you for your comment. Yes I agree with you that hypocrisy is as bad as greed and gluttony. Fortunately the widow got more than half of her money back, but there is still a lawsuit coming. All in all it lasted more than 7 years.

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  20. I have always been afraid of horses ! But since a few years not anymore I even pet them. Don't know what happened to me ! Now I really love them.

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  21. I agree, Di - I just love horses, they are so beautiful. I could watch them all day!

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I always try to reply to each comment on an individual basis so please pop back, when you have time, as there may be more to learn from either side, i.e. myself and commenter Thank you, Di x

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