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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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The bright low sun combined with thin haze below a temperature inversion made for a luminous winter afternoon ride. Long shadows extended, enveloping dips in the rolling chalk. The valley beyond, lowland intrusion into the chalk hills, lay silent and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
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One trail near where the horses live crosses a river. The water is a little deeper at this time of year, but not deep enough to reach a rider's feet. Carys stands around 14.3 hands and the water comes between... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
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... is most of what the horses do in the middle of winter. Here's a twilight view of Brena, Carys and their retired field companion Peaches below a bright moon. (My phone copes a lot better in low light conditions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Fortunately, in these strange restricted times, exercise is still allowed including - in England anyway - exercising horses. We are, anyway, distanced from other people when riding, and taking care to ride without undue risk. (It's not like trail riding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Oddly enough, the picture below does contain a reflection. The sun had already set when I took the photo, leaving a reflected glow on cirrus cloud high above the horizon. In reality the glow appeared more like a pillar of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The two cats, Boris and Nikolai, found it comfortable to lock down with suitable distancing on top of the compost pile... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at White Horse Pilgrim
The UK is entrenched in magical reality. No-one tried to sell Brexit as anything other than easy. "Just vote 'leave', your leaders will fix some trade deals (naturally with the foreigners falling into line), and you'll have more money in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is what I had to clean because Brena chose to role in the one muddy spot in her grassy field! At least she had dried out so I could brush out the mud. Somehow, despite the thin autumn grass,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is one of our favourite trails, close by the barn, in the height of autumn. It's a lovely time of year to be out. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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On the hill trails, the hawthorn has reached a peak of autumnal brightness. Red berries dot the hedgerows, in colourful contrast to the white spring blossom of these chalk hill shrubs, and are quite palatable to horses. Well, to some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I decided to start using a breastcollar because it seemed that Brena's saddle was slipping back a bit going uphill. I may have imagined this. Equally, she may have changed shape a bit. Either way, I bought her a piece... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The Toad Stone is a well-named sarsen in the Valley of the Stones not far from the barn. Looking at the photo, I've just realised that the Toad Stone even has an 'eye'. It's quite landmark by the side of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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When I suggested a camping trip, Rebecca quite sensibly asked whether I have a tent. When I answered in the affirmative, she questioned whether it is possible to stand upright in my tent. Well, actually, no it isn't. One crawls... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I've used Old Mac's G2 hoof boots on and off for a number of years. As Brena's pigeon-toed front hooves wear quite unevenly on the stonier trails around here, I've been using the boots more often. They had tended to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A favourite ride takes us across the ancient landscape of Fyfield Down, which has the best assemblage of sarsen stones in England. In the corner of a pasture lies the relic of a megalithic burial mound, three huge stones that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A bright spring, crops rising from the fertile soil, woods filled with bluebells and wild garlic. It's a delightful time to be out. Today rain showers alternated with watery sun, culminating in a bright evening of slanting gold. We rode,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Bluebells carpet the woodland sections of our rides, making this an especially delightful time of year to be out. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The weather was bright for the Easter weekend, indeed unseasonably warm for an English spring. Rebecca borrowed my pith helmet for sitting in the sun and reading at the yard. Brena regarded the headgear with some curiosity. The pith helmet,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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It's time to introduce my fiancée Rebecca and her pony Carys. Rebecca and I met last year and will be married in just a few weeks' time, a great blessing that is bringing us much joy. Carys is a Welsh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The clocks are about to change, and I've realised just how time has marched on. Over the past couple of months I've visited Prague and Krakow, and I've ridden a fair amount too. Autumn has been attractive, enhanced by many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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After a Saturday of cold wind and heavy rain, Sunday dawned bright and dry. At least I assume that it dawned thus, for I was still asleep at first light, But, when I awoke at 10am after a long and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I took Brena twenty miles to ride around Cirencester Park. This lovely wooded estate belongs to the Earl Bathurst, who generously allows riders and walkers to enjoy exploring his land between 8am and 5pm daily. It's wonderfully quiet and clean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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On Friday evening, with a favourable weather forecast, I decided to see whether there would be space to stay fifty miles away. There was so, on Saturday morning, I packed up Brena and me. After parking in the field where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I'm just back from a week in Sardinia, staying at the excellent Mandra Edera riding establishment. Here's my base for reading and writing when I wasn't doing anything else. The hotel stands in a small park, a haven of tranquillity... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim