On the Ritz-i.

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I had the pleasure of riding a friends’ horse, Ritzi, for her while she was out on work travel.  Rob came along with me and snapped some photos.  This is my happy place, riding horses and being outside.  Also, since the weather has been so warm everything has really brightened up.

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Practicing our extended trots.

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I love my Sundays at the barn.  Taking care of the horses and riding them.  It’s my happy place 🙂

What’s your happy place?

Kupres.

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I realized I hadn’t finished sharing all of my photos from Bosnia and I really want everyone to see how beautiful it is.  Definitely worth a visit even if you aren’t an avid horse rider because there are many other things to do.  Every day was fun to wake up and look out the window because the weather was changing so fast.

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IMG_0913The horses coming in for the night.

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The cabins!

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Fred overseeing the horses going out in the morning.

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The beautiful mountain colors.

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Morning fog.

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The babies!

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Hanne at the barn 🙂

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Barn chickens.

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Fred laying in the snow.

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Snow cover!

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Gorgeous snowy covered Kupres!

Kupres is a short 3 hr drive from Split, Croatia.  You get the best of both worlds by flying into Split because you arrive near the ocean and end up in the mountains in Kupres.

Images from In the Saddle.

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I hear from so many friends and family that they would love to know what it is like to be in the saddle but are a tad too timid to try.  For those that ever want to know what it feels like, it’s pure freedom.  It’s the only sport where human and animal work so closely together.  It’s amazing the power the animals have yet don’t choose to abuse it.  In Bosnia, we rode in a different direction each day and each direction was full of different views.  Here are a few photos from in the saddle 🙂

DCIM101GOPROFall was in full swing.  I love the changing of seasons and I loved hearing the leaves crunch under the horses feet.

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In some deeper water.

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Above the clouds.

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The first frosty morning before the snow came!

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Sunset rides.

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Riding through a creek.

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Riding by ruins.

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Snow ❤

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Everything was perfectly dusted.

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This is one of my favorites.

I have sooo many images to share and I love to look back at them.  I’ll try to swap some fashion posts in between but there are many more horse photos to come!

Brittany in Bosnia.

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I’ve just returned from the most incredible horse adventure in Bosnia.

IMG_1652Thanks to my wonderful friends Brian and Hanne (Hanne in the above photo) for telling me about these riding holidays you can experience all over the world, I was able to see what one was like for myself.  It was an added bonus that Hanne was available to join in Bosnia as well, I can’t imagine the trip without her!  There is an agency called Far and Ride that connected Hanne and I to this most amazing farm in Kupres.  The Kupres Farm was full of amazing people and they led us on a new adventure every day.  I thought I’d do an intro to the farm post since they made the experience so great.

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First there is Fred!  He’s the farm dog and amazingly smart.  He came along on every ride with us, running alongside for hours on end.

IMG_1509Big Marko and little Marko, both excellent horsemen and trail leaders.

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Mate!  Owner and such a fun loving rider.  Had so much fun racing him and riding through the snow.

There are a few more people from Kupres farm that I don’t have photos of but the farm was filled with excellent people who took great care of us.  I’m so appreciative to them and Far and Ride for matching Hanne and I with Kupres Farm for our riding holiday.  They cooked hot lunch and dinner for us everyday and always made sure to check that we were satisfied with our experience.  We also got incredibly lucky with the weather.  The first half of the week was beautiful and sunny. The second half of the week, a storm rolled in and we were riding in the snow!  I couldn’t have asked for more.  Each day, we rode somewhere new with no fences to hold us back.  We rode through historical places and climbed mountains.  I have so many photos to share, can’t wait to get them all up.  I figured this is a good start :).

Wild Horses.

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I’ve just returned from the most magical trip to Bosnia.  It was a dream come true to be able to get to spend an entire week surrounded by horses.  I was on a week long riding holiday in Bosnia at Kupres farm which I can’t wait to share all of the details and photos in the coming days.  One afternoon during our stay our host, Mate, offered to take us out to find some herds of wild horses and of course we were ecstatic to go.  We drove far out into the plains to find them where they were living as free and happy as can be.  This was one of the most memorable moments for me because seeing these horses surviving on their own in the wild just showed me their strength and independence.

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One of the stallions making sure no other stallions got close to his horses.  He was gorgeous.

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So many of them just grazing.

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They had no interest in us but they had no fear of us either.

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They had all the land in the world to call home.

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When we left, we even saw an eagle or a falcon.  It was hard to tell but both resided in the area.

I hope I get to observe wild horses again, it was peaceful and inspiring.