HORSEBACK RIDING TUSCANY

Rocky Mountain Horse Santiago, as black as black can be with not one white spot, but the mud did some photoshop

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

on Sunday, March 18th, there are three days left

on Sunday, March 18th, there are three days left

for spring to arrive, but showers come down

for spring to arrive, but showers come down

as if they were the Niagara Falls and the fields 

as if they were the Niagara Falls and the fields 

                   — over here made of clay —

                   — over here made of clay —

are the most muddy place someone can imagine but

are the most muddy place someone can imagine but

the horses don't care. They feel that spring is

the horses don't care. They feel that spring is

coming soon and they need to gallop once in 

coming soon and they need to gallop once in 

a while to get rid of their surplus energy.

a while to get rid of their surplus energy.

Horses don't look in the mirror in the morning

Horses don't look in the mirror in the morning

        — dirty, black or white, who cares? —

        — dirty, black or white, who cares? —

and they are not worried about who will 

and they are not worried about who will 

brush them. But I do. First trail on April 1st!

brush them. But I do. First trail on April 1st!

Buonconvento will organize the next Olympic Winter Games - or maybe not - who knows?

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

On March 1st mister Winter came with some snow

On March 1st mister Winter came with some snow

but has to know that there are only two days left

but has to know that there are only two days left

to leave Tuscany

to leave Tuscany

and give back to courageous cyclists 

and give back to courageous cyclists 

— this Saturday —

— this Saturday —

the real 'Strade Bianche'.

the real 'Strade Bianche'.

These cyclists celebrate spring two weeks later

These cyclists celebrate spring two weeks later

between Milano and San Remo where they will

between Milano and San Remo where they will

compete in La Primavera. With the horses

compete in La Primavera. With the horses

we wait for the real primavera, full of spring

we wait for the real primavera, full of spring

 colors and with the taste of an early summer.

 colors and with the taste of an early summer.

 Ok, it's hard to believe. But we do it anyway.

 Ok, it's hard to believe. But we do it anyway.

a family portrait on a mild winter day under a pleasant afternoon sun

         the in Bologna born buckskin Bronze Shadow of Sun Valley T. and his chestnut mother Cover Girl J&J, born in America;  rather small Missouri Fox Trotter horses, smooth and fast walking, but always with a quiet mind

         the in Bologna born buckskin Bronze Shadow of Sun Valley T. and his chestnut mother Cover Girl J&J, born in America;  rather small Missouri Fox Trotter horses, smooth and fast walking, but always with a quiet mind

Tuscany can have a winter - even a beautiful one - with a frosty good morning

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

winter came from the north

winter came from the north

on frozen Sunday,  December 10th,

on frozen Sunday,  December 10th,

and did some photoshop

and did some photoshop

with the autumn colors,

with the autumn colors,

the green is a new green,

the green is a new green,

a little icing sugar is sprinkled over the fields

a little icing sugar is sprinkled over the fields

and the horses have put on their warmest

and the horses have put on their warmest

winter coats

winter coats

while frozen fingers man

while frozen fingers man

soon will warm his hands on

soon will warm his hands on

old wood in the open fire and will put a fine

old wood in the open fire and will put a fine

 tarte Tatin for 20' in the oven

 tarte Tatin for 20' in the oven

          let's walk the horses and see if we can find a cabin where we can put the bialetti on the fire for having a coffee on the front porch with this view                                   no one will say it, but we will all realize that this - until now - was even unthinkable in the human mind

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

autumn impressions, November 19th 2017.

autumn impressions, November 19th 2017.

waiting in the muddy cold

waiting in the muddy cold

horses kill the time

horses kill the time

by eating, and eating, and eating

by eating, and eating, and eating

do they hope summer is coming soon?

do they hope summer is coming soon?

who knows

who knows

first winter has to come  my friends

first winter has to come  my friends

and spring, and even spring

and spring, and even spring

can be muddy cold

can be muddy cold

even here

even here

in ice cream land

in ice cream land

Italy

Italy

the grapes that were growing in this vineyard will end next year in a bottle and will be labeled as Arrigo VII, rosso 2017

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

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“To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday”

John Burroughs

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with him - born to run - nothing compares to this, a stairway to heaven

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               

 

Western Horseback Riding

IL MISSOURI

 
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still November, still the 19th, late in the grey day

still November, still the 19th, late in the grey day

a short walk with Assendo, named after his father

a short walk with Assendo, named after his father

Hassendoso XX

Hassendoso XX

Spaniards throw the H away

Spaniards throw the H away

when talking

when talking

and so we did, immediately

and so we did, immediately

it will be hard to find a horse like him,

it will be hard to find a horse like him,

strong, brave, with temperament

strong, brave, with temperament

no water is too deep

no water is too deep

otherwise he would not have been a Spaniard

otherwise he would not have been a Spaniard

come on my old boy

come on my old boy

show yourself to the world

show yourself to the world

 

 

“Ain't nothing better than ridin' a fine horse into a new country”

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“To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday”

John Burroughs

 
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Western Horseback Riding

IL MISSOURI

 
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"There is more to life than increasing its speed"

Mahatma Gandhi

 
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“Ain't nothing better than ridin' a fine horse into a new country”

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