When we first moved to Ecuador we didn’t think we would ever get our license or own a car here, but things have a way of changing. We love the freedom of having our own wheels.
One of the things I love the most is going for long drives in the countryside.
The Sierra (which refers to land in the Andes Mountains) is beautiful! We see so much amazing scenery and some interesting animals. One of the animals we see the most is the work horse.
A Horse With a Cool Hairdo
We saw this horse tied alongside the road close to a bus stop. When I saw his hairdo I could not resist getting out and taking some pictures. We never saw the owner, but I imagined it belonged to a young girl.
I’m not up on horse breeds but I can tell that this is one tough little horse. We often see them loaded up with sugarcane, firewood, milk cans or huge bundles of grass.
An Interesting Homemade Saddle
I had never seen any kind of homemade saddle before coming to Ecuador, so I found these wooden saddles really interesting. These are the most common saddles we see while driving in the countryside around the towns outside of Cuenca.
These little horses seem calm and gentle. Drew enjoyed feeding this one some of the longer grass which was just out of his reach.
Sometimes we stop and have a chat with people while they are riding along, these small work horses don’t often get worked up like some of the larger breeds we see. I’ve asked a number of people what their horses name is and it seems that the custom is not to name them. I often get a chuckle when I ask. 🙂
What interesting or different animals have you seen on your travels? Please share your experiences by commenting on this post.