Visitors had the opportunity to see beautiful horses, learn to ride and understand horses better, shop for a variety of items, and even ride a mechanical bull when they took in the Atlantic Horse Fair in Nova Scotia.
The fair was held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill over a two-day period.
Clinics, seminars and demonstrations covering topics such as horse management, training and shoeing were part of the event.
Hinchinbrook Farm Society provided a demonstration on the Horse Boy method of working with autistic children. Horses are part of this therapeutic program which helps disabled children in many areas. The entire family is involved when the Horse Boy method is used.
Travis Smith warms up in the outdoor ring before putting on a very entertaining reining clinic.
There was a horse whisperer (Su Burnett), a veterinarian speaking on equine dentistry (Dr Trevor Lawson), shoeing demonstrations (with Jack Zeggelaar and Mike Spence) where spectators were able to ask questions.
Jack Zeggelaar and Mike Spence provided information on hoof care and shoeing.
Yan Mowatt, an experienced dog trainer who operates Little Moe's K9 Academy, provided demos and information on canine training and Roz Moskovits, of Heartstone Equestrian, spoke on equine care.
A parade of breeds allowed visitors to see a variety of breeds in the ring.
The Haflinger was one of the breeds represented in the parade.
Some people decided to take a ride on something other than a horse, trying out the mechanical bull.
The fair provided attendees with a great opportunity to shop for their horses, their dogs, themselves and family members. They could also visit booths to learn about adopting standardbred horses who are being retired from racing, and greyhounds who have retired from the track. Horses race locally but greyhounds are brought up from tracks in the US.