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:

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

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

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

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

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  5. They're adorable! Take care, Denise.

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  6. They are so cute! Wonderful photos!

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

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

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

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  10. A lot of energy and curiosity to the young ones!

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

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  12. 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!

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

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  14. I bet they were a joy to watch!

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  15. You captured this foal very well!

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

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  17. 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.

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

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

    All the best Jan

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

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

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  22. There's so much magic in seeing new life!

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  23. 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.

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

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  25. 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

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

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  27. 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!

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  28. 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

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