Photographer Lars Johnsson has done a fantastic series of photos of young monks in Thailand on horseback. The photos show the monks out collecting alms, bathing their horses, and goofing around, too. The saffron robes of the monks really stand out against the rural scenery, and there are glimpses of daily life and the customs of the region.
Take a look at both Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 - each page has dozens of beautiful photos to browse, and you can order prints if you like. I just might have to buy one for myself!
This bridle is hands-down the most unusual I have ever seen. This Cambodian horse is wearing a bridle and breast collar embroidered with hundreds of beads. Most spectacular is the large mirror centered on the forehead!
In some cultures, mirrors are thought to reflect away evil, and I suspect that is the origin of this design. Ornamented ponies wait near tourist spots to give rides; the photo is part of a series taken near the famous temples of Angkor Wat.
The harness on this little horse caught my eye. It's covered with intricate metal decoration, and seems to have an unusual way of attaching to the cart, though I can't see it clearly in this photo, which is from Ikhlasul Amal's photostream on flickr.
These traditional horse drawn carts are called "dokar" and are found in Bali, Indonesia. They have an interesting history. This article (on a rather oddly named blog) describes the Hindu and Dutch influences on the development of this style of horse cart, their use in ancient warfare, and other fascinating details. It has several nice pictures, too.
The temples of Tamil Nadu, in India, are known for their impressive displays of terracotta votive statues. Many of these are of horses, constructed as offerings to the god Ayanar, whose warriors ride them at night in pursuit of demons.
This unusual costume is so all encompassing it has sleeves for the horse's legs! You can see the attachments that hold the costume on the inside of the far leg and under the neck. Notice some of the details: pompoms every few inches on the reins, the decorative border on the saddle, and the applique shapes sewn onto the red background of the costume.
According to the photographer's caption, the photo was taken in Malaysia, at a festival of the Bajau people.
This carriage horse in India has been painted pink! The carriage looks ready for a wedding procession, so I assume the horse has been dyed for this special occasion. It's the least of his worries, given his undernourished appearance. I have seen Indian and Native American horses painted with small designs on the legs, shoulders, or other parts, but never dyed pink from neck to tail!
The Marwari horse, found in Rajasthan and adjoining areas, is known for its fabulous curled ears. It bears similarity in type to other desert breeds like the Arabian and Akhal-Teke, being lean and fast.
I can't recommend highly enough the book "Marwari: Legend of the Indian horse" by Francesca Kelly, abundantly illustrated with glorious photos by Dale Dupree. The book is hard to find, but several used copies are available on Amazon, via the linked text above.
Details about Marwari horses and interesting links, as well as information about the book, are available on Ms. Kelly's website.