Ever find yourself bombarded with images of seemingly perfect lives when trawling through your Instagram feed? Exotic holidays, beautiful homes and adorable children are the norm, but now these aspirational individuals have infiltrated the horse world.
From immaculate muck heaps and enormous arenas to dazzling grey coats and pristine plaits, these #equestriangoals can be great fun to gawp at, but they don’t always match up to reality…
The vision: a neatly arranged muck heap that would make even the biggest perfectionist proud
The reality: when you’re running late for work, still need to muck out and your horse has done a poo in his water, perfecting the dung pile seems less of a priority
The vision: Inspired by this gorgeous Miami Beach shot by Bertram Allen we set out to snap our pony looking just as elegant in the beautiful British countryside
The reality: It’s chucking it down and your grumpy mule refuses to put his ears forward
The vision: Immaculate plaits with every hair perfectly in place
The reality: Our plaits end up looking like scruffy birds nests or golf balls at best, half of which are rubbed out in the box
The vision: We imagine one day we’ll have a yard like showjumper Jamie Gornall’s dreamy set-up, including superbly bright indoor stabling
The reality: We struggle to find our horse to bring him in during the dark winter nights and battle through endless mud in the process
The vision: Our horse is immaculately clean and posing with his ears pricked for the camera, while we ooze effortless style
The reality: He wipes his grubby nose all over your white dress before treading on your toe and frightening elderly relatives
The vision: Your grey pony dazzles a brilliant white making all your hard work bathing him worthwhile
The reality: He stays snowy white for around two minutes before rolling in the biggest muddle patch of grass he can find
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