National Western Stock Show: Part 2

I apologize for the posting delay. This is part two from my day at the National Western Stock Show: Horses.

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Getting used to the arena for the Western Dressage Clinic with Cliff Swanson.

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Mom, Dad- I know what I want for Christmas. (One of these decades this will work. I just know it.)

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Is that a girl over there?!

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No, not the human ones . . .

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Of course, when I met him in his stall, all he wanted was attention. (Morgan stallions. Love ’em.)

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Four very different horses and riders showing us what dressage training can look like with a western flair.

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Apparently these critters, Norwegian Fjords, made the passage in Viking longboats when they invaded Scotland.

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Is it me, or is that a huge mule?

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I almost passed out when I saw this. Someone applied logic to the fact that horses can be dangerous? I’m used to Maryland where no such logic is applied, despite the strong horse culture in the area.

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Seven months old.

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Older, but not fully grown.

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The fully grown Shires don’t fit quite as well. However, you probably could fit a full community of hobbits in one of those.

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The Percherons don’t fit so well, either.

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The Clydesdales came in two types. Super, duper, shiny, show critters and . . .

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Real horses! Who happen to be more laid back.

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Meet the biggest donkey, and the biggest ears, I have ever seen in my life. If you were wondering, this is what a giant jack ass looks like.

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Horsepower.

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My camera didn’t have a prayer at capturing the Evening With Dancing Horses, but I heartily recommend it if you’re in Denver next year. I thought it was very cool that they had a meet-and-greet afterward with the stars. And their handlers.

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