Monday, August 12, 2019

The Final Photo Shoot & a Bunch of First Rides


The final photos are here, and we think they turned out quite special. 


When a horse and human are connected, it's easy to bring that out in photos.  There's just a softness and a tenderness between the two.

But also...


my daughter knew what she wanted.  She had examples to give the photographer, her friend Britt Harvey.  She knew what she wanted to wear...and for her husband to wear.  LOL.


And about that smoke bomb...


Believe it or not, I am holding Cowgirl.  I was about five feet out in front of her and asking her to stand quietly.

I'm in the process of scheduling my own photo-shoot, and I'm thinking it will be more towards the beginning of September, because I love fall.

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There has been another theme this summer, and it's "First Trail Rides."  I've had the pleasure of going on three "first trail rides" with three different 11 year olds. When I say "first," I mean in two cases a true first time on actual trails, and one who had done a (one) short trail ride before that, so in many ways, it was also like her first as there was so much to learn about sitting back, leaning forward, staying centered, and trusting your horse not to fall off steep hills.

It is a bit scary leading kids on "first trail rides" because there's so much responsibility to keep them safe, and I'm the only adult there to make that happen.  I want it to be fun for them, but also a little bit challenging--but not too challenging.  All three had clinics and lessons and lots of arena riding time ahead of this.

All three rides worked out very well with only one mishap with a sliding saddle.  Thankfully, I had anticipated that possibility, and I had told the rider ahead of time, if for any reason she felt the saddle slipping, to tell me immediately.  And she did.  It was slipping because she was leaning away from the drop-offs--a very common thing for green riders to do.  Once we figured that out, and talked about it, she knew to stay center to keep her saddle centered, AND to help her horse stay balanced.

The other theme is keeping Cowboy going, as I wrote about before, and today I'm doing a solo ride with him.  We had rain for the last couple of days and a major, much-needed cooling off.  Today, it's sunny and in the 70's.  This has been the greatest summer I can remember for moderate temperatures and healthy pastures.  I'm so thankful for that because it's giving me many opportunities for trail rides with my boy.

So, off I go!

Happy Trails to you all!

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Having professional pics is always something I've considered, but haven't been able to justify because of the cost. There's always too many other needs around our place that have to take priority. So glad you're doing it!
    Recently I've heard so many people commenting on the "crappy summer" we've been having, and I've had the opposite reaction. I've been loving this summer for the moderate temperatures, a little rain and even a recent summer squall...I just don't enjoy hot, hot temps anymore. The hot days have thankfully been short-lived and brief heat spells interspersed with cooler days.

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    1. She’s very affordable—$175 for a mini session and $250 for large session which includes the editing afterward, and digital rights.

      I love this weather, too. It’s dreamy!

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  2. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful!

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  3. The photos are stunning! Good for you for taking the children on a trail ride. That is so valuable for them. I'm glad that your weather was cooperative this year.

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    1. Thanks, I do love the daughter/horse photos. I need to send one, or two, or three... to the photo department and get them up on the wall. :)

      I love to see kids embrace horses. Life is kind of tough at times, especially through the teenage years, but if you can partner with a 1,200 pound flight animal and earn its love and respect, you can pretty much do anything. Non-horse people don't get that. They look at horses as machinery and don't have any clue what it took that 9, 10, 11 year old child to learn and overcome to achieve something as seemingly simple as a safe trail ride. :)

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  4. Beautiful pictures!

    The trail rides sound like fun and a good learning experience. Glad you had nice summer weather. We DID NOT! So hot and humid and heat waves with temps in the 90's that felt like 100's. Thankfully, it seems to be cooling down a bit now.

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    1. I hope it did cool down for you. I dislike heat more than cold.

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  5. Those photos are lovely, I am sure they will be cherished forever.
    Teaching children to ride and keeping them safe is a huge responsibility but oh how rewarding. My best childhood memories are the times when I was on the back of a horse... any horse... no helmets, no adults sometimes... halter made out of baling twine to sneak a ride on the neighbour's horse... impromptu races and lots of flat out fun.

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    1. Ha! Yes, that's the way it used to be--you just had to survive. But I'm the same, those are my most memorable experiences, even the falling off.

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  6. Your daughters photos turned out nice. The first one is really special & speaks volumes! Thanks for sharing :) Kudos to you for taking the time to pass your sage horse knowledge onto impressionable minds. I've been on many rides with kids, but not as the sole leader. Taking kids on the trail is a huge responsibility. I just heard on the news this July was the hottest summer month in WI history. We have been hitting records left & right, including rain etc you name it. High percentage of crops never got planted, mostly corn. Our pampered horses are standing at the gate asking to come in every night lol. They love the big ass fans.

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    1. Your horses are so lucky! I bet they do love those fans. I wither under extreme heat and humidity. If I had my way, I'd pack up the horses and head even further north for August. Hope you're getting a reprieve!!

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