Horses, Horses, and More Horses

When you’ve got nothing going on in your life but a horse show, you take pictures of horses.

Brown horses.

girl riding on horse

White horses.

child riding horse

Brown and White horses.

black and white horses

Little horses.

pony

Pretty horses.

horse with braided mane

Jumping horses.

horse in jumping competition

Bucking horses.

bucking horse in jumping competition

Peeing-when-performing horses.

peeing horse in jumping competition

Sleepy horses.

closeup of horse

Sleepy dogs on horses.

dog sleeping on a horse

Kissing horses.

two horses nuzzling each other

Loved horses.

girl hugging her horse

Horses’ heads.

horse with braided mane

horse

horse with ribbon

horse with ribbon

closeup of horse

And horses’ butts.

horse rider from behind

horse hindquarters

horse's tail

You take pictures of all things horse, because there is nothing else to do, and what with over 1000 horses present, there is plenty of material. Can I just say that it’s not easy taking horse pictures, or at least pictures of horses with riders on them. Horses are more often than not dark, whereas the rider is typically framed by a bright sky. I was constantly fiddling with the exposure settings. Then again, I had nothing much else to do.

This was our first horse show, and a good harbinger of things to come. Apparently, what you do most of during a horse show is wait. If you’re not walking from one end of the place to the other, because of course your two kids’ events are spread out to the farthest possible reaches.

We didn’t win anything that day. Not that I’d even have known where to find out if we won anything. But everybody stayed on top of their horse, which I count as a success. No one got kicked by a horse. And there were only a few tears, because Impatience had practiced for the wrong dressage test, but she got over it. And good old Sparky behaved himself reasonably well, only bucking once or twice and peeing when walking up to the judges.

We should have gotten an award for most spirited horse.

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