Wow does this look like fun. If they came in a larger size, I’d definitely have a couple in my “stable.” And when I was the age of these kids, I’d have given my left arm for one.
Imagine an equestrian sport where the horses are, well, hobby horses. That’s right, stuffed horse heads attached to sticks. The type of toy you might well have “ridden” as a kid and which closely resemble the Quidditch sticks of Harry Potter.
But Hobbyhorsing is a serious sport in Finland where more than 10,000 athletes (mostly girls) take part. Competition in both dressage and jumping take place. Yes, the dressage looks a bit like a Monty Python skit, but the show jumping takes some real skill. I’m not sure I could ever jump 54″ with or without a Hobbyhorse.
The girls look like they are having a great time and I’m sure their parents are grateful that these horses require no food, no board, and produce no manure.
To learn more about hobbyhorsing, check out the Instagram hashtag #kepparitkunniaan, which translates to “respect the horses” — where the growing popularity of hobbyhorsing is most dramatically revealed
This isn’t just any rocking horse. This is Valegro.
Here in New England we are still digging out from the storm . . . with more snow expected over night
Another point of reference is Rockinghorse ranch. Some of the smaller ponies are completely submerged.
We are expecting wickedly cold temperatures here for the next week. I really don’t like waking up to negative numbers.
Back in 2011, I noticed a lonely toy horse, standing by itself in a lush field (Out to Pasture). I’d had one of those horses when I was a kid, although mine got a lot more use. I drove by it almost every day when I drove my daughter to school but never saw a child out there playing.
This spring, the evidence of the breeding program at “Rockinghorse Farm” is evident as the herd population has exploded. Just as well they have such great pasture! I still haven’t seen any signs of humans (large or small) but I know many of us enjoy watching the herd grow. I only regret that I didn’t take pictures over the winter — it was a great way of keeping track of the snow levels!
Here’s the foundation sire for the program and what got me started on this series.
FWIW, these horses are always just as I found them. It’s fun to see how the herd interacts and re-arranges itself, so I’ve never been tempted to meddle with them.