Our way of celebrating Chinese New Year in rural Abruzzo was to create own little safari and meet some horses, this being their year and not seeing any up close since last April.
Nearby to us, a 40 minute drive is Lago di Campotosto which offers the chance to see wild horses roam just below the lake using its high meadows besides the SS80 to pasture throughout the year. They’re always beautiful to watch and I’m always amazed at how resilient they are to the cold when I’m visiting there in the winter. We couldn’t get up close as the ground is completely saturated despite there still being ice at the sides of the road; press down a foot and water rose up above trainers, an oversight on my part but neither of us had willies on.
The unexpected was just down the road meeting some 20 Shetland ponies having dinner just past the meadows and paddocked next to a former hotel. Are they a hobby, used for events, I am not sure what work they’d be able to do up here. Despite a large fence separating us, A was happy to wave and alternate between saying hello and ciao as they ate their hay. I wonder what language he thinks the animals all speak here?