Horses and carts!

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I was at the Fox Valley Saddle Association for an open show last weekend and meant to post some photos from that show, but I took around 400 and didn’t have time to sort through them till today (have to seriously consider getting Lightroom to make this sorting stuff a lot easier). What was exciting to me was the fact that for the first time one of my vendor venues featured driving classes, so I got a chance to get a lot of photos of horses in harness. Until now I only had a few shots of draft horses but now I can say that I have a whole collection of nice photos from which to choose when the time comes for me to screw up enough courage to tackle harness again! As an added attraction, it was somewhat of a windy day so I also got some nice flying manes to work with too. Enjoy the little slide show!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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8 Responses to Horses and carts!

  1. Fun slide show, Alli. These should make some great future paintings! I’m curious, what did you use to make this slideshow work on your site?

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  2. Theresa Pawlicki says:

    I would love to see these on the roads instead of cars. They are so beautiful.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Theresa–how quickly we forget about how much horse poop can clog the roads LOL! But yes, in terms of beauty, you’re right on the money. At my barn they do a good amount of driving, so you will see carts out on the road when horses are being trained. As part of kids’ summer camp, each week’s participants get to take a buggy ride into town and order at the McDonald’s drive-thru. The town people have a good time with that, too–even the gal at the drive-thru window.

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  3. betunada says:

    thought i’d share something with you i haven’t had much opportunity to re-remember: several years ago i was MOUNTAIN BIKING up a road i used to work-out on … and caught up with two carts being pulled by horses. THIS, for me, was very really exceptionally unique (as compared to, say, ATVs or motorcycles, etc.) i rode alongside one and chatted with the driver/riders and we had a great talk. i turned around and rode down the hill, but will always remember that fondly.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Glad to hear you survived your horse and cart encounter–some horses don’t take kindly to bicycles sneaking up on them from behind, but cart horses have usually experienced just about everything. Sounds like these guys were quite mellow–horses and drivers! My doofus horse, on the other hand, took forever just to get used to bicycles on the bike trail across the street from the barn we used to be at. Every spring he would forget that he had ceased to care about bicycles he had seen the previous fall…and we were back to square one again.

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      • betunada says:

        when betty had horses (which we did, for about 15 years) sometimes i’d rather go with on the bike rather than on the other horse. THAT would get our horses ‘used to” bikes fairly quickly — especially as they know IT WAS ME on that weird alien contraption.

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        • Alli Farkas says:

          “Weird alien contraption” sums it up quite nicely! 🙂 Although I have to admit I own a way-too-expensive road bike that I really ought to ride more often. Used to ride a lot, then got too involved with horses.

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