Find out why children across West Dunbartonshire are hot to trot for new craze:
An unusual sporting craze has trotted into West Dunbartonshire — and those behind it are jumping mad about it.
The bizarre sport involves poise, stamina, bounding over hurdles — and a fake horse head.
Known as hobbyhorsing, it mimics traditional equestrian events, such as showjumping and dressage.
But rather than ride an actual horse, competitors straddle a horse head on a long stick.
The unique activity was launched by West Dunbartonshire Leisure this week — with youngsters at Carousel Nursery in Dumbarton getting to try it out first.
Staff at WD Leisure were excited to launch the unusual hobbyhorsing classes, after being introduced to the sport by Sports Development coordinator Tommi Orismaa, who is originally from Finland.
The craze began in the Scandinavian country and has taken the country by storm, with over 10,000 children between the ages of 10 and 18 ponying up to the sport. It has become a popular competition event in Finland, with 200 people taking part in events every year where they compete in traditional equestrian events.
The sports coach — who has worked with WD Leisure for 26 years — learned about the sport from his homeland and decided it would be a great opportunity for West Dunbartonshire children to try out something different.
They are hoping to eventually introduce it to nurseries across the district and get as many children taking part as possible.
He told the Lennox Herald: “I thought it was a fantastic idea when I saw it. We watched a few videos from Finland where it is very popular and we loved it.
“We’ve been really excited to get it up and running and get kids taking part. It’s something totally different than what we have done before.”
The first official class last Friday was a huge hit, with tots at Carousel Nursery jumping right into action with WD Leisure coach Laura Gray.
On your marksThe children and their hobby horses get ready to race Hot to trot The children at Carousel Nursery got to try out the hobbyhorsing craze which has been launched by WD Leisure — and every one of the kids loved getting the chance to get in the saddle and race for fun The final furlong One horse takes the lead