A Kingdom for a Horse

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue June. 16, 2019 588 views

When Felix saw our neighbors horses, he stood still for one moment and went complete nuts in the other. I’m sure he saw horses for the first time. Maybe he thought, it would be good to scare this big and massive dogs before they start to gobble him down in one piece. Sometimes Duke Felix is a bigmouth and tries very hard to become king. It took me a couple of days until I could keep him calm and at ease nearby horses. Meanwhile it’s no problem anymore, when I stop for a while to take some pictures of them. Now we work on the next level of calmness. Soon, he will not only tolerate horses as long as they on their meadows and stay fenced in, but also when our neighbors drive by in their sulkies. I have to watch him and calm him down immediately before he tries to bark at them and possibly hunt them. Sometimes I’m glad, that he is too small to see everything through the jungle of grass, where he is inviting every tick to take a sip from his blood. Btw. he loves digging. One day he will break through Earth's core and bring back a kangaroo.

10 m leash and a bag of goodies.

10 m leash and a bag of goodies.

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Heike 4 months ago

Vermummungsverbot gilt wohl nicht für Pferde, was? smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 4 months ago

Psst, vorsichtig, P*** haben schon eine Frau im Winter wegen eines dicken Schals um Hals und Mund aufgehalten! Als nächstes sind die Pferde dran ...

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Jay Boggess 4 months, 1 week ago

Great series! Glad to see the horses are wearing protective masks to prevent all those nasty pests that torment them all Summer...
Love that shot from behind Felix's head from his perspective!!! Commentary is "icing on the cake" in this fun series! Thank you!smile+1

4 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months ago

Oh yes, I'm sure mosquitoes (Gelsen) were invented in our region. Not only horses but every living being is hunted by them! It would be be wise to wear an all-body-condom during summer. Of course it would be wise to wear it in autumn too, because there are very tiny flies during grape hearvest season, which are biting like hell. Maybe I should the horses ask, where they do their shopping? smile

4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I know what you mean!!! 
Growing up in south Texas, we were hosts to almost every type of blood sucking pest known to man.........argh!!!! I addition to the blood suckers, we had to be careful for rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, wasps, etc, etc, etc......Where I live now, there are no venomous snakes and very few biting , stinging and poisonous creatures. All we have to watch out for, when we go out in the wild are the bears and cougars....gulp!!!smile

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David Swatton 4 months, 1 week ago

I think the sulky (and the racing version of them) must be a mainland European thing - I have never come across them in the UK

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 4 months ago

I don't think it's common. There are harness racing tracks in Vienna and on the outskirts too - maybe there is a connection and they bought it from one of the trainers. One of our neighbors had a trotter from this stables, it was a real expierence to ride this horse - either it was trotting like an hurrican or it was jumping and prancing like a Lippizaner of the Spanish Riding School. After 40 years I'm still glad I survived riding!

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Berckmans Peter 4 months, 1 week ago

Dogs and horses,mmmmmh. But please no pink on a horse. Have seen enough of that color when my litle girl was in her Princess fase and the singing trio of K3. Felix looks really good, like a gentleman sportsman. I find horses are not so easy to capture. I see you still use your trusted Pana, I find you do a really good job with that one.

4 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

Pink, OmG! Victoria hated this color from the very beginning. If it would be her horse, no pink either ...
Yes, I always carry the Lumix in my handbag - just in case ... wink

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Bob Rosenberg 4 months, 1 week ago

Lovely posting, Sigrid.  I see this so often when we ride our horses.  Dogs seem to always think that our steeds are merely big dogs.  Some want to join us in play, some want to protect their humans from this large intruder.  I always caution new riders who decide to ride off the ranch where their horse lives to "sack out" their horse with dogs.  That means finding someone with a dog that barks at them and just get the horse used to it.  I'm fond of saying that "my horse just flips cigarettes at them".  In reality, he just knows that some dogs bark at him.  No problem.   smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Bob Rosenberg 4 months ago

In July we will have more time to see them on a daily basis. Next time we will try (with the owner) to bring them closer together. We already did it once, but Felix was a little bit shocked abozt the missing fence and the big nose coming closer and closer.  "Mr. Important" suddenly became really insecure ... I'm sure the horse had fun and was smirking. smile

4 months ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Ha.  Yeah, from the rider's side, I always tell equestrians that most dogs are "brave cowards".  They'll run at the horse barking like crazy.  But if the rider makes the horse face and then start moving towards the dog, they almost always turn tail.  grinning

3 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 4 months, 1 week ago

Love this set and of course your narrative perfect. Duke Felix is mighty lucky to have you as his trainer and loving mom. You really did get lucky with him and him with you smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months ago

Thanks! blush There is this saying "dogs and their owners are cut by one cloth", maybe it was fate, which was sewing us together again.  grinning

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Sherry Hill 4 months, 1 week ago

i sooo love this post.. i was just telling Bob i was going to write a horse inspired post.. even tho i have limited access to horses.. 
these are wonderful photos.. and i love the shot Felix's POV.. :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sherry Hill 4 months ago

I'm lucky to have these horses almost at our door step! My mother once said:"It's so nice to see them frolicking every morning - it's our breakfast TV!"

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