Horses of Hokianga

by | New Zealand, Photography

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga

These horses were in a paddock close to the main road. The horse on the right seemed to be more keen to get a bit of a scratch behind the ears. The others were relatively aloof. 

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga

The road from Omapere to Rawene.

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga

Monica trims the hooves every four weeks or so. Horses with balanced hooves move better, and have less stress and strain on bones, tendons and ligaments. In the wild, horses encounter all sorts of terrain. However, horses in a paddock have nothing but soft grass and not much friction. Hence the hooves need trimming. 

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga

As Monica does her thing, Bridgette (the horse) takes a moment off. 

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga

In about 30-40 minutes the hoof care is done, and Monica takes off her leather “apron” and is on her way to the next paddock.

Horses in Hokianga

A pony named “Tongs”. 

Horses in Hokianga
Horses in Hokianga