Referring to my previous post, I am going to start my series about this year's Horse Market with - well, pictures of horses :-)
They should (and did) feature most prominently in the parade, coming in all sizes and shapes. Even someone who is not overly fond of horses has to admit they are beautiful animals, and it is a joy to see them well kept with shiny coats and strong muscles.
I am never quite sure how much a horse will actually be comfortable about such events. Some, like police horses, are of course trained to handle large crowds and noise. Others are visibly nervous, and I suspect the ones who wear ornamental harnesses with plenty of bells clanging so close to their ears are not really happy - if they could choose, they would never opt for such a dress-up.
But I hope that their owners know what they are doing, and take good care of their animals before, during and after the parade. Also, rules about animal welfare are relatively strict here, so I hope it is not too bad and the horses recover quickly from the stressful day they undoubtedly have.
These beautiful police horses open the parade. It is not all that often that I get to see police on horseback, but they are frequently at service during football matches in Stuttgart and at other events.
Not just my, but nearly everybody's favourites are the impressive Shire Horses - so much strength and beauty, so calmly presented! Look at the size of them seen from behind; their backs are higher than the man walking next to them!
Highly polished and perfectly groomed:
Another impressive hairdo:
These two were the only ones of this kind during the entire parade:
As I said, they came in all shapes and sizes:
Having showed you all these horsey pictures does not mean there won't be any more horses in any of the next posts, but this was the bulk.