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....