Hobbyhorse riding and competitions are a growing subculture among teenage girls in Finland: enthusiasts make, care for, and ride their make-believe ‘horses’ or rather ‘stuffed heads on a long pole’. Hobbyhorses are painstakingly looked after, with some even residing in their own makeshift stables. Many girls find refuge in their hobbyhorse community, but this practice is not without struggle: hobbyhorse enthusiasts are often subject to ridicule, and some keep their passion a secret. The freedom and happiness found in mounting their ‘horses’ is the antidote to any backlash. Read more on Thehobbyhorse.fi