It was almost exactly two years ago when I had this wonderful “Robina Hood photo shooting” with the gray stallion “Smokey”. Unfortunately, it has meantime gone up into the horse heaven, but I still fondly remember this beautiful summer day in the forest. “Smokey” was really very patient and made handling easy for me despite the warm temperatures and interacting with an inexperienced rider like me. And all this for just a few apple slices and carrots.

Specially in dressage, grey and white horses are often selected because of their appearance, especially when riding in formation. Just think of the famous Vienna Riding School. In my opinion, gray horses have particularly beautiful eyes, as the dark skin around the eyes makes them appear larger than those of horses of different colors due to the contrast to the white fur.

In my opinion a “must” for all horse lovers is a visit to Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia or the French national stud Haras du Pin in the Normandy; the same of course applies for Vienna. Buildings and stables are really looking extraordinary in all three cases.

Here are a few impressions:

Incidentally, only Lipizzaner stallions are trained in Vienna till today. If you want to know more about the “Spanish Riding School” have a look at Wikipedia:


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