Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent, there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
England’s past has been borne on his back.
All our history is his industry; we are his heirs, he our inheritance.
By Ronald Duncan
The above poem is a favourite of mine and I think very eloquently illustrates how civalisation owes so much to horses, without them we would not be where we are now - there would never have been agriculture (no plough horses); no travel of any distance; ultimately no cars - which is why I get cross if I experience people who think horses "shouldn't be on the road" - without horses there wouldn't even be any roads!!
I don't talk too much here on my blog about my horses as I know people who are not "horsey" tend to glaze over!!
However, yesterday we watched the movie "War Horse" and so today after taking the new camera to the yard I felt I wanted to share some pics of my little herd.
I had a break from horses and then in 2005 started collecting them!! The above pic of the beautiful eye is TC "The Colonel" - he is a Suffolk Punch X (a heavy draft breed) and huge - I utterly adore him and if I could I would let him sleep on my bed!!:
The next horse that came to live with me was Crofter - he is 31 years old this year (the average age of a horse is 25):
Next to join the herd was Jasmin - she is a Shetland and I got her to be a friend for Crofter for when TC was in the stable but they hated each other on sight!!:
Finally, we have King - my gorgeous gypsy cob:
It was beautiful at the stables today, I really love this time of year - the weather for me is perfect - not too hot and not too cold:
The lane my field is on (that's the gate to the right)
Mr G reluctantly had his picture taken:
I'm really loving my new camera - Ashley from Country Rose and I have booked to go on a photography workshop next week so hopefully we'll get some tips on taking really good photos.
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend....