Horses As Characters: Dino is Spock

When Austen published her incredible post featuring Pig's uncanny resemblance to Emperor Kuzco, she knew it HAD to turn into a blog hop, and almost immediately afterwards went traipsing off into the vast interwebs to find GIF's for me so that I could share Dino's true identity with the world. She is brilliant, and totally nailed his personality.

Without further ado, I present to you Dino's spirit-being: Spock from Star Trek.

A person constantly fighting the battle between his human emotions and cold Vulcan logic, Spock is a complicated character, much like Dino. Both are very intelligent, confident, somewhat detached, and sparing with their affection. They are also both loyal and dependable, and have a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. The more I looked at the following GIF's the more I laughed at how much they resemble each other!

Dino's personality can be... difficult. For example,

A classic tantrum:

And when he's done being inside his stall, he just lets himself out and leaves without asking permission:

The constantly conflicting emotions involved in the relationship between Dino, Me, and My Trainer:

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Riding Dino is an exercise in learning to deal with his strong opinions about everything.

He often ignores any and all forward aids:

And has a lot of opinions about how he thinks his training should go:

When I ask him to do difficult dressage moves, he has a lot of reasons as to why that's not possible:

And is often amused when I express my frustration:

I often find myself desperate to convince him to get with the program: 

But beating him only forces him into complete and total mental lockdown: 

But Dino does, eventually, come around and work with me. Though he does have his reservations when I finally convince him that going forward is a thing he can do:

And reluctantly admits that, sometimes, I'm right: 

Once in a while, he concedes that the XC jump he stopped at in complete terror at was not, actually, pony-eating: 

But he still hates it when I end up being right about something:

When I start "riding right" he expresses his relief thusly:

And don't even get him started on how he feels about hunter riders:

But, there are things in life that Dino shows excitement about.

Like trail rides!

And jumping XC:

Even though on the outside he may seem like he merely tolerates me and my shenanigans:

And sometimes seems fed up with me and my crazy ideas:

Dino really does love me and want me around:

He's always there to get me out of sticky situations:

And even if he doesn't show it all the time, he's genuinely concerned about me:

Despite his quirks, opinions, and complex personality, Dino does consider me to be his friend:

I can't wait to see which TV and movie characters everyone's horses resemble! Thank you for the inspiration, Austen. This was too much fun!


  1. "It also has an unfortunate tendency to giggle." HAHA, yes! Bobby feels the same way. This is great!

  2. Love this. It is brilliant. And I think Hugs would be the dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

  3. Bahahaha! You really took these to a new level. Love!

  4. 'ah yes, one of your earth emotions!' LOL! this is hilarious, nicely done!!!

  5. Best thing I've read in a long time. I love it!

  6. Ha! Wouldn't have thought of that, but it works so well.

  7. I need to do this haha. Great memes.

  8. I LOVE these, I have no idea who my guys would be... gotta put some thought into it.

  9. Love this, the gifs are hilarious :)

  10. Oh my god - I love this. The you, Dino, and trainer gif is sooo awesome. I stared at it for way longer than I care to admit.

  11. Bwahahaha, yes! This gifs are PERFECT!


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