Saturday, November 14, 2015

DARTMOOR FOALS


“Struggling to stand on wet green land, 
Mother nervously at hand
New born foal on spindly legs 
Welcomed to the world by chilly winds.



First steps taken tentatively,
Gives his first joyous whinney,
Strengthening legs....he stretches out
Soon...proudly, he struts about.
Of his mother....he takes no heed”
Galloping now with such great speed.”

~Author Unknown~




We had been standing near a small herd of horses with two or three foals, when all of a sudden one of the foals gave a whinny and started running like the wind.  Around and around us he went, circling us several times, and then cut through the herd who did nothing more than munch on grass.  Mother was nearby but seemed content for her little one to stretch his legs and fly.


He was a joy to watch and for a while we were laughing, yet totally mesmerized.


An interesting article on the Dartmoor Ponies can be found here.

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34 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Just beautiful. I suspect you were smiling very, very broadly as you watched his exuberance.

Linda said...

How precious, Denise! :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderrul to watch at this activity of the foal and the other horses.

Valerie said...

A lovely post, Denise. Those animals are much hardier than I used to think.

My Life in the Charente said...

Wow what a great moment to see this and to get so many great photos well done. Have a good day Diane

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're adorable! Take care, Denise.

maryaustria said...

They are so cute! Wonderful photos!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I have a migraine this AM but I can see the little sweet foals. Lovely.

Sandra said...

so glad i popped in today to say hi and found this uplifting soul lifting precious little horse. thanks

Debbie said...

so sweet....the first spreading of the wings, so to speak!!!!

llandudnopictures said...

They really are a sight to behold!

William Kendall said...

A lot of energy and curiosity to the young ones!

Mama Zen said...

So cute!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I've witnessed these gorgeous free spirited wild ponies when I was younger. Simply breathtaking.
~Jo

Kathie Brown said...

Oh, Denise! How adorable! How I would have loved to be there and have these beauties galloping around me! I would have been overcome with joy!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photos. It is amazing to watch a foal running around like that. There is something about horses that speaks to people.

Rose said...

I bet they were a joy to watch!

Michelle said...

You captured this foal very well!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh my these are just precious pictures Denise - loved them.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a joy to watch those young ones run. There's nothing like it. That's a place I'd like to visit one day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

HE is beautiful. What a joy to see.

Donna said...

What an incredible experience that must have been...they are so adorable.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a joy - you were so fortunate to share, a wonderful experience.

All the best Jan

Tomoko said...

I enjoy your photos. Those horses are really alive in the nature.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a lovely set of photos!!!! Just wanna brush him!

Stephanie said...

So cute and great images!

ladyfi said...

Ooo - so gorgeous!

EG CameraGirl said...

There's so much magic in seeing new life!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Babies of any species are so sweet. You captured some great photos and it must have fun watching the young one kick up its heels around you.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, the foals are just adorable. Awesome collection of photos. Have a happy day!

Down by the sea said...

Those are wonderful images of the Dartmoor ponies, and take me straight back to the moors. It must have been so good to watch them for real. Sarah x

Andrea said...

They are lovely, i love horses as we have them when we were kids. However, we didn't have horses again as adults.

Wen Sylvestre said...

What a wonderful surprise adventure that was! The foal joyfully playing with you. Great shots of the beautiful ponies in their stunning surroundings, such beautiful landscape!

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Denise..thank you for all your lovely comments on my posts. I do so appreciate it. Aren't these just adorable. How sweet they are and you captured the action beautifully...Michelle