I had been a bit (funny, a bit) intimidated by some remarks about some photographs that I shared. That wasn't smart, was it? So, I retracted with a photograph of the below. The second place winner at the Aiken, Spring Classic, last Sunday, I do not know this person who rode this horse. I do not know the horse. But, not to get controversial, I decided not to have an opinion on this photograph. I have changed my mind. Apparently, either people care, or they are outraged, or just wishing I didn't take this photograph. After seeing that 963 people looked at this photograph, I have decided to tell you what I think. Aren't you lucky? Maybe, you should look at it again.
I was really happy that the first place winner rode in a bridle that had a hackamore. Honestly, I do not know much about that. I have recently learned that in the wrong hands, a hackamore can be just as painful to a horse as a bit (the metal in the mouth). The photographs I took of the horse that won (no, I do not know the rider, his name is mentioned frequently for he must be an exceptional rider), nor do I know any of the riders of this prestigious horse show.
So, as the photographer that goes out and loves to take photographs of horses, I came home with some really disturbing photographs. The horses were abused. Some of them were really hurt during the contest. So, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here it is again. Second place winner. Horse, bleeding from the mouth. I wish that maybe, the contest should also include the horse's well being. The inspection, AFTER the ride, of the horse. Think about it. What do you think? I am just speaking for the equines that can't.
If you click on the photograph below, you then will be directed to the entire gallery of what I photographed for last Sunday's Aiken's Spring Classic. Look for the X at the top right of the screen to be taken to the full gallery. It is small. I wasn't there long, just for the jump off, as they call it. I have not added pricing to this gallery, for I do not wish to make a profit. I only wish to make a difference for the horses....
Such a rugged, handsome man! What a penetrating stare!
Be still my heart...
The sweet smile on his face, the pleading look in his eyes, and the motion of his hands to his loving heart.
I love photographing the eye of a horse. You have probably already guessed that with seeing so many of my photographs centered on their eye.
A few fun facts:
The horse's eye is the largest of all land mammals.
He sees most things with one eye. Monocular vision. Unlike humans who have Binocular vision (humans see things simultaneously with both eyes. )
He perceives images 50 percent larger than we do as humans.
His night vision is better than a cat!
Prince of Peace! Here is a photograph of my horse Prince in all of his blue roan glory. Blue roan is the name of his color! His breed is a Missouri Fox Trotter.
There is a new tab above if you click on the MORE button. There you will see a tab for National Geographic. It was such an honor to have one of my photographs chosen by their editor. :)