I've had some friends visiting from the US, and fortunately they love walking as much as I do. We've taken lots of walks during the two weeks they've been here, and today I suggested a walk around the neighborhood. Fortunately my neighborhood includes Bulstrode Park.
Bulstrode Park includes a magnificent home, formerly owned by both the Earl of Portland (of Portland Vase fame) and the Duke of Somerset. It's now home to WEC, a Christian missionary organization. A large pasture to the east is home to a herd of horses. Dozens of them met us at the gate as we entered the pasture, and more came running to see us as we walked on the path toward the house.
We had Sparky with us, on lead, and he behaved himself, even being so brave as to sniff a few horses. These weren't the towering giants we usually see being ridden here; they were all small, some pony-sized, and almost every female had a perfectly matched foal with her.
You'll soon be able to see this pasture for yourself—it was the location for a film starring Angelina Jolie, Maleficent, an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. They brought in Scottish Galloway cows to replace the horses, and blocked access to the park for several weeks.
But today it was just us, a few other walkers, and more horses than I could count—no movie stars, unless you count this beautiful pale horse and her foal:
More photos of horses: (Click on the picture to see a bigger image.)