The prompt this week shows a steeplechase horse - no steeplechasers here, but a few old family pets and a few old nags from the farms in the family.
Don's family came from a farming background, his great-grand parents ran a cattle and sheep station in the north of the state, so there were always horses around. My dad's family were from England and the children all had ponies. We have lived on a small acreage for the last 50 years and as my eldest daughter was/still is horse mad, there have always been ponies here - plus every other animal you can imagine - but that's another story.
So on with the Needle horse parade. Here we have one of the great aunts riding a stock horse on the old farm "Dingly Dell", which was north of Peterborough at a place called Nackera on the road to Broken Hill.
This lovely lady is my mother-in-law, Mavis, riding Molly
And here we have my father-in-law, Ron, on Trilly, - Molly and Mavis in the background with Mungrel, the dog.
Molly and Trilly were also used to pull the buggy.
Different horses here pulling the hay cart. Ron driving.
A total change of scene - and continent. My English cousins with their pony
And more English cousins, this time with pony and caravan. What a delightful way to have a holiday.
And here we have the same cousins but this time with a donkey and cart. They look like travelling minstrels - maybe dressed up for a fair or festival.
Finally, one of our own ponies, Pipsy and some of the family. Our daughter holding the head, my son on the back of the horse.