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Transylvanianhorseman
I'm a horse owner and engineer living on the Vale of the White Horse in Britain.
Interests: Horseback riding, travel, photography, trains, architecture, history
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I arrived home from four hours riding through the sun. Well, parts of the trail went through the woods by design, but overall it was a hot and bright ride. I do love the sun, as well I might when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is what happened a couple of weeks ago, quite suddenly, out on a ride. It's the inside of Brena's right hind foot. She remained fully sound and her hood capsule maintained full integrity. Last week Brena stepped on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The New Forest is one of the largest unenclosed tracts of woodland and heath in England, and a splendid place to ride. Over 150 square miles of open land and woodland is available to ride through freely on a multiplicity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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K drew my attention to the poem Ithaca, by Contantine Cavafy. Here are some extracts: When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. Have Ithaka always in your mind. Your... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Six weeks have flown by. I've moved to a new house, moved Brena to a new yard, received visitors happily for a week, and have been very busy decorating. There hasn't been a moment spare. And so I haven't posted... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The seasons have changed to the point where Brena is beginning to change her coat. The picture below shows the result of a moderate brushing of one side. A few minutes later there was twice as much loose hair on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Quite by chance I came across a few words by Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy had come up in discussion at a most convivial (and musical) party last night. ... You shall leave everything you love most: this is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Last week we had a day of spring! Now snow flurries whirl and dart beyond my study window. But, briefly, the weather became mild. Brena and I had a couple of hours out together under a mostly sunny sky. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Driving back from the barn this evening, I realised that I've been back from Romania for about as long as I lived there. Doing a little more calculation, the equal point must be about now. I was away from May... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Last week Brena recovered from her hoof abscess. She walked around easily, and then came into be fed at a gallop, remaining sound afterwards. Clearly all was well. So I took her out on a ride. Out of doors it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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At the conclusion of a ride, I saw that Brena was taking weight off her right hind foot. This came as a surprise, as she had felt quite level when we were out. It was a slow ride, walking all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I was clearing boxed from my garden shed, aiming to cut down on the sheer volume of things that I have accumulated prior to moving to a new house. In one box I discovered the saddlebags that I used when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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My doctor has adjusted the dosage of my medication. Apparently I had been started off on a half dose of Citalopram in order to get used to it. I only learned this after several weeks. The half dose produced minimal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Here, at the dark end of the year, the corner is turned. The solstice is passed and, imperceptibly, hours of daylight begin to extend. Snow has come and gone, the wind has blown hard, and it feels like I've experienced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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As of today, I am legally disabled in the UK, thanks to assessment by a specialist. My Asperger's is sufficient that the Equality Act covers me. At one level this has come as a shock. Most of us would like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We had a little snow. Here we are riding through the melting fragments on a north-facing slope below the woods. Now it's gone, leaving the ground sodden and muddy. I'm looking forward to spring. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers. Here's a Christmas Eve photo of a festive train conductor at Droitwich Spa station, to the south of Birmingham. The old-fashioned semaphore signals and associated signal box are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I was away for the weekend staying in a cottage in the woods. Walking around on Saturday afternoon, there was so much detail all around. I took a few photographs to capture the intricacies of English woodland, rather than the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We've had three nice rides so far around Brena's new home in South Gloucestershire. Last week I came back across the valley, bursting into bright sunshine after a brief shower. Here's a view across to the cluster of houses and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Last week I moved Brena to her new home. I haven't had time to take photos there, however I will soon. Brena has settled in nicely as a member of a herd of fifteen in a huge field on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I do enjoy a bright afternoon when the days are drawing in. And it's time for some pretty photos. I'm beginning to feel like it's time to hibernate. Although a nice couple of hours out in the sunshine temporarily puts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is an atmospheric time of year. An afternoon ride not far away was bathed in bright low sun, lovely to perceive even as I felt the temperature fall. And it was quiet, so very quiet, as if none were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We see a lot of helicopters around here. There is an army base nearby from which intensive training is carried out. Given the nature of operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, much of this involves low level flying. There are even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Currently I am riding Brena using hoof boots. Chiefly this is because the farrier removed rather a lot of hoof wall in an attempt to balance the feet. He seems to be interested in pretty feet rather than functional feet.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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It's a pleasure to witness the seasons changing, and with them the colours, textures, smells and inhabitants of the hills. Of my beloved chalk hills, hard and porous, and yet also rich in all that they support. One season leads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim