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Horses in Ecuador: Homemade Saddles and Cool Hairdos

Posted in: Ecuador Animals, Ecuador Travel

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.

Work horse with home made bridle Ecuador

Gotta love that hairdo!

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.

work horses with sugar cane Ecuador

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.

Home made wodden saddle Ecuador

These little horses seem calm and gentle. Drew enjoyed feeding this one some of the longer grass which was just out of his reach.

Work horse with home made saddle Ecuador

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.

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Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

5 comments… add one
  • Deena Mar 23, 2014, 9:09 pm

    Hola! A friend stumbled across your blog, and brought it to my attention. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. I arrived in Ecuador in Sept. for three weeks of travel, and through a chance meeting had the opportunity to stay and house-sit on a small farm south of Vilcabamba. It will be hard to leave it when the time comes! I arrived with no Spanish, but after only a few months I can understand what people are saying when they are telling me they can’t understand what I’m saying. I’m calling that improvement… It’s not often I come across other Nova Scotians, let alone another Dena, so thought I’d pop in and say hello!
    And re: the little Ecuadorean wonder horses… I have a one here. I’ve measured him, and at 49″ he would be a pony at home, but he has a ‘big horse’ mentality. He also has the sweetest disposition, and nothing fazes him. I had him tied to a post on the street while I bought feed and there was a near collision between a dump truck and a bus about two feet behind his tail. I came running out when I heard squealing brakes and blaring horns, but Nikky not only didn’t startle, he gave the biggest horse yawn! I think it is a source of amusement to the locals not only that he has a name, but also that he understands English!
    I’ve found the people here to be warm, friendly and very patient with me as I learn my way around the language and the culture. It would be very easy to make a home here!
    All the best!

    • Dena Haines Mar 26, 2014, 9:55 am

      Hi Deena,

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s nice to hear more about these sweet horses! And about your experience in Ecuador. We haven’t traveled to Vilcabamba yet, but it’s on our list.

      You right, the name Dena is not very common. I’ve only ever heard of a few others with the same name, all with different spellings. Interestingly, I have a good friend here named Dena, but spelled “Dina” which is the Spanish spelling. My name does not follow normal spelling rules, so people are usually confused about it, and even more so now because here in Ecuador it’s spelled with an “i”. It does not bother me at all, I just find it interesting. I’m happy that Dena is an easy name to pronounce in Spanish. I think my name comes from a place in Newfoundland called Pasadena. It is neat to know another Deena 🙂

      All the best with your house-sitting in Vilcabamba!

  • Chanelle Boshuizen Mar 8, 2014, 1:55 am

    These animals are wonderful. It’s too bad that I am allergic to them.

  • Sarah Mar 2, 2014, 10:22 am

    Hi Brian & Dena! My name is Sarah, and I love your blog! I am an animal lover too. I live in California, but I am hoping to move to Ecuador later this year. Kind Regards, Sarah ~x~

    • Dena Haines Mar 4, 2014, 12:34 pm

      Thanks Sarah,

      You must be getting excited about your move. There is always so much to do before making a major move!

      All the best as you plan and get things ready.

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