Ears turned back? What does it really mean? To be honest, I'm not sure. Some say it comes from training with treats. Some say it's frustration, maybe even anger. Some say it's from effort and focus. I studied pictures of Meyja, Rá and Kveikja playing without me affecting them. In these "photoshoots" I just let them loose in a new field and sat down in the middle with my camera. They ran, jumped and bucked from sheer intrinsic motivation, they enjoyed it and were happy! But what's with their ears? In almost every single picture where they performed an effortful movement, focusing on their movement and not on something ahead, their ears are turned backwards. That can't be blamed on training, on a handler nor on treats. I would dare to say that it wasn't frustration either. So I belive that ears back come automatically with effortful movements. Maybe there's more to it when training with treats and asking for effort, but I don't feel like it's that big of deal. It should at least not be the only thing to judge from. The picture where Meyja pins her ears forward in trot, that was a moment when my boyfriend came walking further down the road, so she focused far ahead. This is very interesting and I would like to learn more about their expressions! #nikond7500#nikkor2470#nikkor70200#icelandichorse#horse#horsephotography#islandshäst
It was a late night in 5cms watery snow, rain and darkness with the horses today. I worked Meyja and Rá in our slope, practicing balance. I discovered something good with Rá. She raises her back better when crunching downhill. Snöggur got to do crunch - walk - halt (in better posture), it was easier said than done! Coming to a stop is not his best thing, especially after only two steps 😁 on the picture, my boyfriend and his Rá.
You have met the poodleponypanther, the Icelandic poodlepony, the superhero in her superhero-cape. Well let me introduce you to... The poodlepony goofball! 😍 I had a small shot at black background (without planning) and this is what Meyja gave me 😁😁😁