Always on trend, Alex Calder, The Gaitpost’s Style Guru takes us through the equestrian Instagram accounts you need to follow.
“Anyone who spends time with me will tell you I’m obsessed with Instagram. As well as my personal and work accounts, I have one called @betweentwoears – an account dedicated just to pictures I take from horseback.
When I started it about a year and a half ago, I discovered a wonderful and growing community of equestrians on Instagram.
If you’re new to it, or need more #equestrianlife in your feed, here are some of my favourites:
One of my favourite accounts, run by the consistently lovely Kristine Anderson-Dahms, @lifebetweentheears curates photos taken from horseback from around the world, making it one of the most visually striking and popular hubs for horse photos.
Tag your ears shots with #lifebetweentheears to be featured.
Somewhere in Montana, often in the snow, surrounded by a herd of Haflingers with flaxen manes is @bigskybandits
Her photos have a beautifully minimal and often abstract quality. In Alberta, @giselaphoto chronicles an idyllic life among horses, bison, dogs and snow.
Based in France, @appawoosa shoots some of the best actions shots I’ve seen, often on the GCT tour and at the spectacular Saut Hermes show.
In Sweden is @annikaholtzphotography, shooting gorgeous editorial style shots that could easily grace the pages of Vogue.
@bretstclairphotography has a real eye for detail, capturing those everyday, behind-the-scenes moments at shows in a special way.
This show only happens for one glorious week in The Hamptons, but the @hamptonclassic keep their Instagram account fuelled with landscape shots from around the pristine grounds, year round.
It’s a dreary day, so we are throwing it back to a #gopro of @wilton_j_porter in our Grand Prix from #August #flying high over the #water #jump! Photo by @katesoroka. #goprohero #hamptonclassic #horseshow #dontlookdown #horse #horseshow #longisland #summer #equine #equestrian @sleepypranch #horseback
American equestrian style at its best, @miltonmenasco curates and creates that kind of elegant preppy life that makes you want to wind the clock back and live a life of horse-filled leisure in California.
@travels_on_horseback and @equitrekking are two accounts that inspire enough holiday lust to see you while away an entire workday researching and dreaming of riding holidays.
Chile Nativo’s “Last Frontier” horseback riding trip has been touted by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” and includes riding through Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’ Higgins National Parks! See more photos of this wild and stunning region of South America at Equitrekking.com. #equitrekking #chile #torresdelpaine #beautiful #mountains #patagonia #horseride #horses #adventure
There are a lot of people working on enormous ranches and farms across the United States, and a lot of them take incredible photos of ranch life. Some of my favourites are @sbaxterphoto, @cavvysavvy, and @madelinejorden, of the mighty @ranchlands – also home to ranch life Instagram superstars @kateloveshorses and @owlfaceowlface.
Another account with a lovely abstract perspective on horses combined with the misty quality of the Irish countryside is @just_by_chance_. One of my favourite things about her account is in the bio:
“Apparently I rescued her. But honestly. She rescued me.”
Everything you’d expect from a magazine about polo – @thepoloproject is chic, elegant and luxurious.
A dressage stable in Germany, @wstables is the epitome of an impeccably maintained German training facility.
Follow for beautiful warmblood dressage horses and some serious barn envy.
And last but not least, there is the visual edit for all our inspiration from @thegaitpost
Bay to Grey: “So what’s it like being the Royal Windsor Amateur Hunter Champion AND the Amateur Lightweight Hunter Champion at Royal International?!” Grey to bay: “It’s OK but I really want to win the Aston Le Walls Eventer Challenge one day like you!!” ? #lifebetweentheears #betweentwoears #equestrian #picoftheday #instadaily #showing #royalwindsor #royalinternational #hunter #horses #neigh-bours ?
Editor’s Note: Huge congratulations to Alex on her recent engagement to Sam whilst on a romantic trip to Paris. We wish them every happiness for their future together.