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AnnaHalford 09-07-2012 02:44 AM

Thought you might be interested to see some Afghan horses
 
So, these aren't the greatest photos, but I had the chance yesterday to see some horses here in north-east Afghanistan, all of them awaiting the beginning of the buzkashi season - the weather's still too hot for them to play at the moment.

All stallions, all in pretty good nick (they should be, they're worth a serious amount of money here) and bigger than I was anticipating. All except the grey are Tajik horses, so bigger than the Barb-based Afghan horses like the grey.

If we ever do make it this far on the Great Horse Trip, I think our pony is going to develop a complex...

Barley and wheat chaff, in case anyone's wondering
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1295.jpg

The youngster, rising five. He won't start his training for another year.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1294.jpg

So in the meantime he can just play with his feed barrel
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1293.jpg

I couldn't decide if I wanted to steal this one -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1292.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1290.jpg

or this one (you can't see him very well because of all the people but he is seriously nice -
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1289.jpg

Although here not appreciating people standing in his space...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1288.jpg

Not the most detail in this photo but look at those lovely short cannon bones
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1291.jpg

A back view of their rugs
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r6-09-1296.jpg

EvilHorseOfDoom 09-07-2012 04:28 AM

They're gorgeous!!

AnnaHalford 09-07-2012 05:25 AM

Aren't they just? *grabby hands*

EvilHorseOfDoom 09-07-2012 05:29 AM

You guys look like you're having an amazing journey, and for a fantastic cause!

Boo Walker 09-07-2012 09:46 AM

I love that pic of you next to the guy rugged up! Thanks for the pics, I love exploring the horse world through other cultures too!!

texasgal 09-07-2012 09:51 AM

I love the rugs!

kctop72 09-07-2012 09:58 AM

Very cool....nice horses too! Never really cared for grays but I like the youngster with his dapples:)

AnnaHalford 09-07-2012 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by texasgal (Post 1674851)
I love the rugs!

They're pretty good, aren't they? I love me some stripes. They stay rugged up all day, supposedly to protect them against the sun and the flies, then they get to go naked in the evening and during the night. I'd have liked to spend some more time asking a lot more questions, but sadly we had to get back.
There was another big chestnut whom I liked very much, a sucker for ear scritches and who then tried eating my scarf... He'd have been my 'to steal' choice only he had a bowed tendon :-(

gigem88 09-07-2012 05:04 PM

Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing!

Rodeorider 09-08-2012 04:28 PM

I wish I was fortunate to do something as cool as you're doing.


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