Hobbyhorse


The best thing about this is how all of the girls in these photos are just Not Having It.

The Fantastical Hobbyhorse Universe in Finland

Hobbyhorse riding and competitions are a growing subculture among teenage girls in Finland, in which enthusiasts make, care for, and, of course, ride their make-believe horses. The horses -- stuffed heads on a long pole -- are painstakingly looked after, with some residing in their own makeshift stables. [...]

During the summer many girls attend summer camps around Finland where they can improve their dressage and jumping skills. [...]

For years, this practice of the Finnish subculture has been considered a secret community subjected to stigma and bullying. Many of the girls lead a double life where their practice is a big secret they don't like to share.

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5 Responses:

  1. Pavel says:

    That's just how Finns smile.

  2. Rob says:

    Love this new Wet Leg video

  3. Brian says:

    There was a full-on documentary about the Finnish hobbyhorse movement a few years back:

    Hobbyhorse revolution (IMDb)

    Summary (Windmill Film)

  4. Erin M says:

    I named my hobby horse "Perkele".

  5. dzm says:

    In fairness it really democratizes the horse fetish tween girls seem to have for horses, is WAY less expensive, and doesn't end up with a neglected animal stuck in a stall behind the barn.

    I bet hobbyhorses aren't born looking for an expensive and impractical way to die like the real ones are.

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