Archive for horses
The message below was written by a former guest and friend, Ted Glick.
The photo was taken by another guest, Joe Saraceno who has stayed at Casa de Kathy more than once. This winter Joe and his wife were walking towards Black Sand beach and encountered these beautiful galloping horses and were able to take this dramatic photo. In the background you can see Cayo Afuera, the island in front of the Malecon.
Thanks for sharing, Ted and Joe .
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 6:34 AM
From: Ted Glick
Greetings from beautiful Vieques.
Yesterday I had an experience like none I’ve ever had. Jane and I are walking up a mountain road, closed to vehicle traffic, no other people around, to the top of the highest mountain here (1,000 feet) and we encountered a herd of a dozen wild horses eating by the side of the road. We spent the next hour and a half, going up and then coming back down, trying to get past them, walking behind them, watching them speed up to get ahead of us and going out of sight, eating lunch prematurely as we came upon them forming a kind of blockade of the road while half of them ate some luscious-looking long grass by the side of the road.
We eventually decided to press our luck by walking slowly up towards the blockaders to try to get through so we could get up to the top. Fortunately, and as we thought was likely, they moved aside and then down the road to allow us to go past. Then, after we’d gone up to the top and were coming back down we ran into the whole group of them again at one point and they proceeded to move as one group, about 15-20 feet ahead of us, all the way down the rest of the hike to the bottom.
It was amazing to have this kind of dance with these beautiful animals,
each of us eyeing each other nervously, us moving cautiously, trying to get
them to trust us, watching certain ones of the horses playing leadership roles in their determination of how to respond to us, etc.
What a treat it is to live in Vieques and see the horses roaming the streets and beaches. They are wonderfully elegant animals. They can be seen grazing at Sun Bay or at the former Navy compound in the west (Playa Almendra). These are not “wild horses” – every horse belongs to someone. They say in Vieques, the only time you find a “wild” horse is when the horse is involved in a car accident… then it will be hard to find anyone who claims ownership. The Municipality is considering adopting policies that will help prevent these car unfortunate accidents.
There are a couple of horse clubs in Vieques. Do not miss the opportunity to see the competition of pasofino horses and be dazzled by the melodic cadence of the horses hoofs walking down the long wooden plank for the competition.