Friday, March 2, 2012
Photo-Heart Connection February 2012
Yes more horses, but not my daughter (this time). I have to admit I've been waiting for this month's photo-heart connection to finally get here because as soon as I saw this image - I knew this was the one.
Depicting real life at a horse farm, amidst all the fencing, standards, poles, & other farm stuff - owner/rider joins her horse in the paddock to bond before riding. This is a barn friend of ours who lets her horse run in the outdoor arena before she rides her. Although the horses are turned out daily (for most of the day), they usually hang out in the sun & enjoy the winter rye grass - so no need to really run & play & get rid of some energy - excess energy you don't want or need under saddle. I was (obviously) standing a ways away & joked that I was her stalker photographer, but it was really nice to see them bond after the running around. Together they walked back to the barn, horse totally locked onto her owner - no lead line needed (until you get out of that paddock) - horse willingly/respectfully following the owner (herd leader). I enjoy watching the horses interact with each other and with their humans - you can tell a lot about the dynamics of their relationships.
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The image was taken with a 105mm (macro) - it's what I had with me at the time; post processing - desaturating, & a touch of sepia. Some of the colors of the standards, poles were bright and distracted from what was going on behind the fence.