Before I moved to Seattle, the Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area in Southwest Missouri was one place we’d occasional trailer horses to for easy trail rides and experience riding in large, unconfined spaces (which can often be a great learning opportunity for horse and rider to navigate). In these photos my grey curly horse, silver dappled at the time, is schooling in an open field.
…working under saddle in open field
Curly horse striking off into a bold canter- hold on! Note the uphill movement and thrust with hindend. In these photos, the rider is riding with double reins on a Pelham bit. In this case, the Pelham Bit was chosen as a safe bit with a bit extra control via a curb rein, as this lively horse was schooled on open acreage for the first time.
A distance photo showing perspective. Regal, Bashkir curly gelding canters through the huge open field at Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area in May 2006.
trotting downhill on a curly horse
bashkir curly trotting on green grass on the bit
bashkir curly exhibiting the swinging, free gaits and movement of a curly sporthorse. Collected and on the bit.
bashkir curly trotting away
grey curly horse trotting into woods with rider
bashkir curly, still but moving uphill and coming up onto the bit
Bashkir curly lower level dressage horse thrusting forward with impulsion from behind.
bashkir curly horse, supple and bending as he moves forward at trot.
bashkir curly gelding demonstrating a nice, free trot as he schools in an open meadow
curly horse gelding trotting towards pine trees.
bashkir curly dressage horse schooling in green meadow
bashkir curly horse and rider at trot
bashkir curly gelding striking off into canter under saddle
dapple grey bashkir curly horse gelding cantering through green meadow in Missouri
bashkir curly headshot
alert bashkir curly ears!
portrait of gray bashkir curly gelding in black bridle with moderately long mane
trail riding my curly gelding. Halted with flexed poll.
Bashkir Curly headshot portrait. Halted, slightly behind the bit. Dapple grey bashkir curly gelding shot of head, neck, and shoulders in black bridle and pelham with double reins.
A mounted view of the world! A view of a stand of trees on a trail ride on a curly horse.
Fun view of a Bashkir curly’s double mane, which parts in the middle, showing a full mane on each side of the horse’s neck.
Curly horse cantering on open prairie.
Galloping bashkir curly horse in english tack, May 2006
Meanwhile, back at our farm…
pommel attachment of mattes saddle fix tape. I’m not particularly in love with my mattes pad, but this saddle fix tape that keeps the pad anchored up in the gullet is pure genius.
photo of cantle attachment of mattes saddle fix tape
loose horses racing
Bashkir Curly horse at saddle club show waiting to enter ring for halter class. This was Regal’s first evening show and in this photo the sun is setting, as we’re about to begin our first class.
Grey dappled horse trotting past camera, with one eat turned towards the photographer.
Horses race in the wild all the time! In this photo you can see a white horse and grey horse racing while loose in a pasture. You can see the dark grey horse pushing to nose ahead of the white horse to win the lead.
Occasionally, casual shows take place after dark, especially in the spring or fall. Here, one rider shows off a blue ribbon flat one in an evening class.
Boing! This horse playfully leaps into a gallop and is completely airborne in this shot!
Chestnut mare with a wide blaze face marking patiently requests her photo be taken as she stands in the early morning fog at our farm.
Chestnut mare stretching down into a long stride gallop. Horse playing in the pasture in early fall, 2007.
Chestnut mare, in an elevated uphill canter, canters along fenceline in front of bright fall foliage.
Bashkir Curly mare stops playing long enough to stand, with ear pricked, in front of the camera, nose tucked in. This mare is a chestnut with a blaze down her forehead and muzzle.
Bashkir curly horse TD I Love Lucy exhibiting a collected canter with a backdrop of a foggy pasture. This is an example of an extreme type coat pattern in late fall.
Nearly every movement horses are asked to do in competition with a rider, they also do naturally when they are turned free in pastures. Here, a gelding demonstrates an extended trot.
grey horse in a paddock – This is a picture of a dapple grey Bashkir Curly in the fall. The curly coat is just growing in for the season- the texture visible on the neck and barrel is actually curly fur growing in.
Open air crossties are an excellent way to groom if you find your allergies aggravated by horse grooming. When grooming indoors, loose hair and debris tend to linger in the air. When cross tied outdoors, or in a covered but open area of a pole barn, fresh air flows more freely.