Saturday freedom ♡
It's my favourite day of the week... This picture was taken on a Saturday a few weeks ago when we spent the afternoon watching the wild ponies on the Shropshire hills - I am definitely planning to go back there sometime soon. Today however, we are visiting a castle...
Wishing you a Saturday full of magic and adventure 🌿
320326:03 AM Sep 15, 2018
One lucky day in Dartmoor I came across this group of #poniesbehavingbadly. There was a pinto hill pony stallion maniacally rounding up what looked like two groups (or bands) of ponies. Almost every pony had been gathered to the “correct” side of the river but this gorgeous grey was a holdout for a long time. He finally crossed - with the pinto hot on his heels - and joined the rest of the ponies. I think it started to rain again at this point and I ran for the car. We’ll never know if this grey mutinied against that pinto later in the day or not. 😉
Last minute escape to Assateague Island! Soooo, there are two herds of ponies they are managed by two different federal agencies with very different management strategies. Ponies from the Maryland herd, referred to in literature of the National Park Service as Assateague horses, live within Assateague Island National Seashore. They are generally treated as wild animals, given no more or less assistance than other species on the island, other than to be treated with contraceptives to prevent overpopulation. Conversely, the Virginia herd, referred to as Chincoteague ponies, lives within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge but is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. The Virginia ponies are treated to twice yearly veterinary inspections, which prepare them for life among the general equine population if they are sold at auction. While only around 300 ponies live on Assateague Island, around 1,000 more live off-island, having been purchased or bred by private breeders.
We decided to take a cheeky last minute trip to North Wales, which is where the wild Carneddau Welsh ponies live. The weather cleared (kind of) this afternoon so as I’m always on the look out for ponies to photograph, I took a quick hike the mountain and was lucky enough to find a little herd 😀. Here’s just a few from my phone camera. Hoping the weather is good tomorrow so I can go back up there !
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Spooked #wildponies cantering round the common in the high winds, whilst one toddler was up a tree and another battling the wind with an umbrella that was too big for her... scary but beautiful walk today!
Just because BOB!! Band stallion M6MSY Bodacious Bob along the Life of the Dunes Trail last weekend.
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Today was our longest mileage day yet, about 13 miles. However, Mother Nature decided to 'assist' us by hurling 50-60mph winds at us on the cliffs (and no, I am not exaggerating!) Luckily they were blowing in from the ocean and shoving us away from the cliffs edge otherwise we would have had to cancel our plans today. But the sun was shining and the scenery is stunning so a gorgeous day for a walk along the Welsh coastline! (I'm trying to not post too many pics and be obnoxious) #walkinginwales#pembrokeshirecoastalpath#wildponies#galeforcewinds
Wir können aber auch ganz anderes😅 #fail wobei man sagen muss, dass sie bei unseren ersten Galoppversuchen noch keinen Plan hatte was ich erstens von ihr wollte und zweitens wohin mit ihren Füßen. 😅🤣 Heute bin ich sie meiner Mum vorgeritten und sie war auch begeistert, denn sie hat sie noch nicht live gesehen, seitdem wir mehr unterm Sattel arbeiten. Unfassbar, dass wir eigentlich erst seit einem Monat mit "Reiten" (Ausreiten, Schritt und manchmal eine halbe Runde Trab) beschäftigt sind. Diese Woche haben wir es zum ersten Mal "angepackt". 2 Wochen hatte sie frei und wurde nur longiert. Diese Pause hat ihr sehr gut getan und sie ist mit voller Energie dabei.
Ich wollte noch etwas zu unserer derzeitigen Arbeit erzählen, denn aufgrund unseres "Zugenproblems" und der Tatsache, dass sie mit dem Gebiss noch nicht so zufrieden ist, reite ich sie vierzügelig. Bevor jetzt alle kreischen, nein natürlich reite ich sie nicht auf Kanadare. Ganz im Gegenteil! Ein zweites Paar Zügel wird speziell am Reithalfter befestigt, sodass ich gleichzeitig auf einer Art Sidepull und mit der normalen Trense reiten kann. So kann sie sich langsam ans Gebiss rantasten, ohne, dass sie überhaupt keine Verbindung hat. Das ganze zahlt sich schon aus und ich habe das Gefühl, dass es ihr sehr viel Sicherheit gibt. Ich lade dazu gleich noch ein Video hoch. ❤
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I don’t think I have seen Corky for maybe a month, so it was nice to see him, battle scars and all. The life of a feral horse is not always easy, especially for stallions, who often are involved in fights over mares and territory. Corky turned 18 a few weeks ago and has been mare-less for much of the summer. He’s one of four living stallions born in 2000, making them the four eldest of the males in the Maryland District. A few weeks late... but Happy 18th to my favorite tough guy! #teamcorky
Good news from the coast! Herds of wild horses that roam the Outer Banks and Beaufort are reportedly all safe following the storm. The horses found higher ground and grouped together to withstand the wind and rain. (📸: Cape Hatteras National Seashore & Rachel Carson Reserve)
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2 OMMazing and Healing FULL MOON events this upcoming Monday 9/24! Since I can’t be at 2 places at the same time,YET😜, I am beyond excited to have the greatest gal to cover my Asssteague Island Full Moon Yoga, the sweet spirited shining light Berlin Local and fellow VDub lover, Jenny Lind❤️ As she is on the beach I will be at Zenna taking our Berlin Meditation Group on a sound journey of Healing and exploration of Harvesting our spiritual gardens for the upcoming fall and winter seasons! FOR THE YOGIS: Yoga all levels 7-8 donations go to Assategue Island Alliance meet at the pavilion on the national side right after the entrance gate...FOR THE SOUND JOURNEYERS 7-8 donation based Relaxing lying down meditation through Sound with certified shamanic sound journey facilitator Chrissy Ehrhart #community#fullmoon#yoga#beachyoga#assateagueisland#wildponies#singingbowls#gong#medicinedrums#peacelovezenna
Bittersweet that N2BHS-AIO Mieke’s Noe’lani no longer seems to know me. I know maybe that was just how it seemed, but her first year on Bayside Drive with her dam Chama Wingapo and mare Miss T and band stallion Corky, I spent a LOT of time around her. But since her mama passed summer 2017, she’s band-hopped quite a bit. Caught her and one-year-old filly Moonshadow by the gate of the national park as I was leaving. She’s growing into a beautiful mare. Mama would be proud. 😢
Sometimes, we claim land from nature...and then nature takes it back.
Who could believe a powerful and destructive storm a little over 50 years ago could lead to us TODAY having such beauty?
Prior to 1962, there had been hunting lodges on Assateague. The wealthy and connected considered this the perfect area to hunt and get away from it all. In the 1950’s, Assateague was about to become a new resort called Ocean Beach. And Baltimore Blvd was the main thoroughfare down the island. The Ash Wednesday storm in March of 1962 changed all of that. The area endured 3 days of 25-foot waves and much of the progress on the new resort area was undone. The Baltimore Sun, in recounting the storm 50 years later, called it “one of the 20th century's most devastating storms, it caused $200 million in damage — about $1.5 billion in today's dollars — and killed 40 people from North Carolina to New York.” After the damages sustained to the new resort area, the federal government bought out property owners and in September 1965, the island was dedicated as a National Seashore. —————————— Assateague mare N2BHS-I Annie Laurie stands by a portion of what remains of Baltimore Boulevard.
Double Exposure prompt creation. This was a fun little creation. If you look closely you'll see the lighthouse of Assateague in the center of this ponies belly. Found it fitting to put these two iconic elements of Assateague together in one piece. Creating is one of my favorite things!
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Get out your scorecards! The seasons are changing and the bands are rearranging! Someone messaged me the other day to see who a foal was on Bayberry Drive. I saw the photo and thought clearly Alexandria’s Angel. But it couldn’t be. Bayberry took his band south already, did he not? Well sure enough, there she was today. N9BFT-KP Alexandria’s Angel, daughter of band stallion N6BIRU Bayberry and the late N9BFT-K Dr. Jay who passed away this spring. She and her grandmother N9BFT Queen Latifah are now with .....stallion N9BFNZ FONZI! And M2EIQ Christina Key has also found her way back to him, which makes my heart happy.😊 So including the filly, Fonzi now is back up to four mares. Just wondering if QL and AA will end up back with Bayberry once they are all back down on the OSV. Time will tell. (First photo, Alexandria’s Angel, second photo Alexandria’s Angel with Fonzi, third photo Bright Star. Was unable to get a decent angel on Queen Latifah and Christina Key. And yes...this was even the back up camera, so excuse the low quality, but it was still a nice little visit!
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Coming toe to toe with a "wild" pony colt at Grayson Highlands. I was respecting the park rules by refraining from petting or feeding. But this friendly boy insisted on coming & nibbling me as I took his picture. #vastateparks#wildponies