Ponies, Ponies, & More Ponies!

Time for a trip down memory lane! This post is primarily dealing with my history with my equine friends, so I’m hoping everyone reading this has a fine appreciation for shiny ponies and the silly people that ride them.

Aside from the typical God, friends, and family, my personal trifecta of passions are: photography, animals, & food (not necessarily in that order. hee).

Being the go-getter that I am (again, hee) I decided to pursue my love of horses when I was fresh out of high school.  Besides being an incredible learning experience, it also helped foster a love of photography, as horses were the reason I got my first DSLR all those years ago.

Of course when you train you get to work with a huge variety of horses and breeds. This was one of the biggest (and strongest) I ever dealt with.

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Mick Jagger was a silly guy with a kind heart, but a good example of why I never needed to go to the gym in all my years of working with horses. 😉

Despite typically sticking with the ever-reliable Quarter Horse, every now and then I succumbed to the allure of the almighty hotheaded Thoroughbred.

This guy was an Off-The-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB!) I named Conner. He was athletic and smart and calm – generally – but in typical thoroughbred fashion spooked by invisible things frequently. My camera caught this silly reaction one day when we were warming up.

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Please note the alert, but calm walk in the picture to the left – and the split second later classic freakout in frame right. If you’ve ever ridden a horse, you know what I’m talking about here. The “it’s a horse-eating mountain lion must go berserk” moments that make your adrenaline shoot sky high. Fun times, those.

On the flip side we had Quinn here.  He was also an OTTB, but much more seasoned. He was a true gentleman. To this day of every horse I’ve met, owned, and trained, he remains one of my absolute favorites.

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Lastly but not least, I couldn’t possibly write a post about horses without including my personal horse that I’ve owned since I was 11 years old, purchased with my own hard earned money. She now resides at the farm of a dear friend of mine but she’s still my baby.

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Me and Ginger, several years ago. Love that sweet mare!

Horses – riding and training them – is truly an art, and I love that they helped foster my creativity and love of art all those years, and I love how each horse I worked with has shaped and molded me so much, and will always be a part of my life.

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