We stayed one night at the Øya Shetland Pony Stud and in the morning were offered the opportunity to go round and meet the ponies.
The majority were happily living outside in the snow.
We were in our element.
It felt like home…..
…. except for the trees! I have never seen Shetland ponies walking through trees. We don’t have any trees of any substance or size here, so I just don’t associate them with the breed at all. Most odd.
I rather wish, though, we could have trees for our ponies to wander in and out of.
(I sigh wistfully)
The ponies were all enchanting and very friendly.
Very pretty too.
We wandered about making friends.
Everyone came up to talk.
It was lovely to be so appreciated.
And it was even better to be at a home with ponies.
I miss them when I am away.
Like ours, they were very loving.
This cat was the guardian of the stable. He was truly scary and made our Wussums seem almost nice!
Having hugged and kissed all the equine noseys (well, it would be rude not to), the owner, Eldrid Hoel Slotnæs, brought her stallion and his little friend out of their stable, where they had spent the night.
These two were gorgeous.
Much bouncing and playing.
I could’ve photographed them all day but we had to move on to our next stop.
I seriously need to return and photograph more Shetland ponies in Norway in the snow. Anyone interested? Just say the word.