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.
Photo of grey curly horse


…working under saddle in open field

Photo of 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.

Photo of horse striking off into a bold canter


 

Photo of schooling at canter in open field


A distance photo showing perspective. Regal, Bashkir curly gelding canters through the huge open field at Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area in May 2006.

Photo of gelding cantering through huge open field


trotting downhill on a curly horse

Photo of curly horse trotting downhill


bashkir curly trotting on green grass on the bit

Photo of curly trotting on green grass


bashkir curly exhibiting the swinging, free gaits and movement of a curly sporthorse. Collected and on the bit.

Photo of swinging, free gaits


bashkir curly trotting away

Photo of curly trotting away


grey curly horse trotting into woods with rider

Photo of grey curly horse trotting into woods


bashkir curly, still but moving uphill and coming up onto the bit

Photo of bashkir curly


Bashkir curly lower level dressage horse thrusting forward with impulsion from behind.

Photo of Bashkir curly lower level dressage horse


bashkir curly horse, supple and bending as he moves forward at trot.
Photo of bashkir curly horse


bashkir curly gelding demonstrating a nice, free trot as he schools in an open meadow

Photo of bashkir curly gelding


curly horse gelding trotting towards pine trees.

Photo of curly horse gelding trotting

 


bashkir curly dressage horse schooling in green meadow
Photo of horse schooling in green meadow


bashkir curly horse and rider at trot

Photo of bashkir curly horse and rider


bashkir curly gelding striking off into canter under saddle

Photo of bashkir curly gelding striking off into canter


dapple grey bashkir curly horse gelding cantering through green meadow in Missouri
Photo of horse gelding cantering through green meadow in Missouri


 


bashkir curly headshot

Photo of horse head


alert bashkir curly ears!

Photo of curly ears!


portrait of gray bashkir curly gelding in black bridle with moderately long mane

Photo of portrait of gray bashkir curly


 

trail riding my curly gelding. Halted with flexed poll.

Photo of trail riding my curly gelding


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.
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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.

Photo of double mane which parts in the middle


 

Curly horse cantering on open prairie.
Photo of horse cantering on open prairie


Galloping bashkir curly horse in english tack, May 2006
Photo of Galloping bashkir curly horse

 

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 pommel attachment of mattes saddle fix tape


photo of cantle attachment of mattes saddle fix tape

Photo of mattes saddle fix tape


lengthened trot

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lengthened trot

loose horse

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loose horse

loose horses racing

 


 


 

 

running_horse

 

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.

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Grey dappled horse trotting past camera, with one eat turned towards the photographer.
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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.

two_horses_racing

loose_horses_racing


 

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.

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Boing! This horse playfully leaps into a gallop and is completely airborne in this shot!

horse in mid air


 

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.

Headshot of A bashkir curly mare


 

Chestnut mare stretching down into a long stride gallop. Horse playing in the pasture in early fall, 2007.

Chestnut horse galloping


Chestnut mare, in an elevated uphill canter, canters along fenceline in front of bright fall foliage.

uphill canter


 

 

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.

mare stands with nose tucked in


 

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.

horse mare exhibiting a collected canter


 

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.

extended_trot_pasture

galloping_fall_horse


 

galloping_horse


 

galloping_towards_horse


 

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.

grey horse paddock

 

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.

 


 

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horses galloping on foggy morning


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