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Garris 2007

The horse market in the Basque Country


  Linie The horse market in Garris / Garruze

On July 31, 2007, we visited the traditional horse market at Garris.
In the Basque language the village is called Garruze.
It is located southeast of Bayonne near St. Palais in France.
 
 
 

Linie donkeys for sale

Horses of various breeds, ponies, donkeys and mules were for sale.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie horse market at Garruze

The animals were bound on chains or stood closely together in a pen.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie Pottok ponie bells and neck bands

Much market stalls offered equipment for the owners of horse and for horseriders.
One dealer also had the typical Pottok ponie bells and neck bands.
 
 
 
 

Linie A Pottok ponies for sale

Some Pottok ponies were also available for sale.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie A small Pottok pony herd at Garris

A small Pottok pony herd stood closely together in a pen.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie Pottok ponies with yellow marks in the ears

The ponies had blue marks at the skin and yellow marks with numbers in the ears.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie The young basque horse riders

The young horse riders of the
Association Pottoka Dantzan Elkartea
offered the visitors a nice riding show with their Pottok ponies.
 
 
 

Linie dancing Pottok stallions

The group of young riders showed with their pretty stallions an elegant dance.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie the emblem of the ANP

They were supported by a friendly Basque of the
Association Nationale du Pottok.
 
 
 
 

Linie the brandmark JP at a Pottok-ponie

He explained us the reason of the different letter combinations in the brandmarks
of the Pottok ponies that we have seen at the pottok judge in Ascain.
The first letter represents the owner of the horse, and the second letter is for the name of the house in which he lives.
For example, the brand JP means:
J is for the owner named Jean Pierre,
P is for the house Pellow Borda.

Linie  a Pottok ponie jumps over a barrier

Later the Pottokas could show that they can jump.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie a Pottok ponie is jumping over a barrier

At the beginning, the Basque ponies looked as if it's the first time that they see a barrier.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie a Pottok ponie is jumping over a barrier

But finally all Pottok ponies jumped, some horsewoman jumped even without saddle, only with the saddle blanket at the horseback!
 
 
 
 
 

Linie the Association Pottoka Dantzan Elkartea at the parade in Garris

In the afternoon, they rode a parade through the Basque horse market.
So everybody can see the strength of the nerves that their ponies have.
 
 
 
 

Linie horses in the dusty streets of Garris

Gradually, more and more horses and people left the village.
So we left the horse market too.
 
 
 
 

Linie


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