15 July 2016

Horses

 
At Wombwell Ings in the Dearne Valley, I noticed about fifty horses grazing in the rough pastureland or wandering to the edges of the "flashes" - temporary shallow lakes which disappear in especially dry months. The horses are owned by "travellers" or gipsies who have an encampment close by. The animals  are not well-manicured or groomed and like the travellers they spend a lot of time fending for themselves.

In just a few minutes I took more than fifty pictures of these horses but in this blogpost I am sharing just five of those images. I hope you like them.

23 comments:

  1. I love the way you inhabit a day.Did similar - pop over.

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    1. Okay, I am coming over Angela. I will just get my coat.

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  2. I find the black and white horses interesting as we don't have black and whites here.

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    1. For a high price, the gipsies would sell all those horses to Canada. Though balack and white they would be known as The Red Herd.

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    2. Hey let's go ! That sounds like a winner!

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  3. Those are interesting looking horses....black and white with tan manes...I don't think I've ever seen such unusual coloring on horses.

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    1. I think that's just dirt in the manes and tails.

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    2. I agree Jan. I also think it was dirt.

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  4. Piebald horses. You don't see many of those these days.

    Great photos Mr Pudding, especially the big horse leaping in the water. They are a little unkempt. Knots in the manes and the tan colour I suspect, is owed more to filth than natural colouring...

    Alphie

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    1. Are you a gipsy woman Alphie? You seem to know a lot about horses. Do you also sell clothes pegs and read tealeaves?

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  5. I don't know much about horses, but these look rather happy to me, in spite of them not being perfectly groomed and manicured. Great pictures!
    Steve was born in Wath-upon-Dearne (near Barnsley), we went there regularly to see his Mam until she moved to Ripon. There is a Wombwell nearby, but it's not the same Wombwell, is it?

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    1. Yes it is Meike. Just east of Wombwell and just south of Darfield you will find Wombwell Ings. Also nearby there is an RSPB Nature Reserve called Old Moor - a visit costs £5 and there's a cafe there too.You could easily walk there from Wath.

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  6. Horses are such beautiful creatures...well-groomed or not.

    (Some say similar about me...and I don't mean being an "old nag"! I thought I'd get that in before you did)! :)

    I love these photos...they make me feel as happy as those horses appear to be. Perhaps I am an old nag, after all. I don't nag, though!

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    1. You are like a sleek racehorse awaiting the start of the Melbourne Cup, whinnying and prancing with anticipation.

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  7. Beautiful photos. (Cheered me up on a sad day in France.)

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    1. How much more cruel and pointless killing must there be? To the victims of Nice I send my kisses.

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  8. Great shots! I didn't realize travellers moved around with horses in tow. Do they use them for anything -- farm labor, maybe?

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    1. When I was a boy they pulled wooden caravans. Now they race them or simply breed them. Horses are still important to gipsies.

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  9. Some cracking photos there Gromit.

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    1. I salute you Jimmy.

      (Jimmy Edwards hee-hee!)

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  10. They look so happy and carefree - would the world was the same.

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    1. There was a sense of community and wildness... like The Wild West. I guess that many days might pass before their gipsy masters come to round them up.

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  11. Looks like your very own mini Camargue YP. Lovely photos - it looks so peaceful.

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