Whenever visiting in-laws in the UK, we have a daily ritual of walking the dog down to the racecourse. Newmarket, Suffolk is essentially a horse racing town. The horses here generate a lot of money for the area, so they are kind of treated like royalty. This can be noted by that fact that if a horse runs into your car while you are parked, forget about being compensated. Not only will it be considered your fault, but you'll probably be responsible if anything happens to the horse!
Now I haven't physically seen this law written everywhere, but everyone I've spoken with in town says that it's true. Anyhow, here are some pictures of these beautiful beasts that I took during one of our walks.
Every morning when you wake up in this town you can hear the sounds of dozens of these guys galloping through town for their morning exercise. These horses are top of the line, in tip top shape. Their coats are ridiculously well groomed as well. Sometimes their fur looks almost like liquid when the sun reflects off of them.
We happened to catch a lone horse being ran around the field during this walk. Our dog decided to have an up close and personal encounter. He didn't know what to do with himself! Luckily the horse was really well behaved and didn't trample him. We were a bit worried for a second there!
It is really cool that you can actually just walk through the racecourse area. I think there are laws in the UK about allowing foot traffic through a lot of places, but I think they could make it hard if they wanted to. It's awesome to be able to take a walk through this massive open field. The dogs from the neighborhood really enjoy the freedom, and they can run for quite a long way.
It was starting to get dark, so we had to head back. On the way out there is a small house where I believe the groundskeeper lives. We stopped there to for one last look at a couple of horses that were hanging out in a small fenced in area. This one seemed friendly enough, so I risked trying to pet him. They are quite skittish, but this one didn't seem to mind too much!
That's it for this little collection. I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. These animals truly are amazing. It's crazy to me just how muscular they are, too. These guys are nothing like the horses I remember seeing out in the country when I was a kid. Anyhow, upvote and resteemit if you like it!