I shot a horse (with a camera of course)...

A few months back I showed off a few photos I took of Stevie the horse while he was competing at a local dressage event here in Canberra, and he was a cheeky guy even then in such a formal environment.  Well, a couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to head out to where Stevie lives and take some photos of him having a play.  It was freezing cold and almost raining, but we managed to get some half decent photos that show just what a playful personality Stevie has.
He was so playful in fact, that a few times he would run straight at me full speed to make me think he was going to run me over.  Then at the last second he'd pull up, stop, and just look at me with this "ha! gotcha!" sort of expression.  I don't know how I was able to hold my ground and keep my finger on the shutter release with 800 odd kilo of horse bearing down on me.
Stevie lives with two other horses.  Teddy and Flynnie.  All of whom have very different personalities to each other, which made for a very fun day.
Teddy is a bit older and a lot more laid back.  So laid back in fact that while I was taking a few pictures of him he kept turning around because he just wanted me to scratch his butt.  Boy did he loving having his butt scratched.  This is the first time I've ever had to scratch a subjects butt just to get them to relax for a photo.
Flynnie is just downright cute.  He's a miniature horse and what else is there to say?  He's just that.  A short, scruffy looking, tiny little horse.  Very cute!
The day was a great success and I learned a bit more about horses and I had a great time taking a few photos, which I always love to do especially when it's something new.  But also when it's a new camera as this was my new (old) Nikon D2Xs camera's maiden voyage.
Here are a few of my favourites from the day.

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Justine on July 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm
The personality of these horses made for a fun day. A big thank you to Jenny for letting us play with her beautiful horses. It's not everyday that we get to do this, so it really was a unique experience :)
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Jenny on July 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm
Jamie your talent behind the camera is astonishing and the proof is in the stunning photographs that you produced from that day. It’s hard to believe that you have had little to no experience with horses and able to turning out these exquisite photographs. It’s a shame it was so cold, I’m so used to working out in all kinds of weather with the horses, so have become used to the extremes......but it was cold.
Stevie is so playful; he just loves to be with people and turned it on for you and Justine that day. You certainly did hold your ground on a number of occasions when Stevie was in full gallop around the arena. Poor Justine was sitting on the bleaches, freezing and hyperventilating at times when it looked like Stevie wasn’t going to stop in time.
So when are you off to do some National Geographic wild life photography? ……you undoubtedly have the skill, courage and flare.
There are so many photo’s from that day I’m going to get framed and mount on my walls at home, you have posted many of these on this blog. I particularly love the photograph (5th row 1st photo). Even though Stevie had rolled and was covered in sand this photograph of him at full flight is spectacular. There is another head shot of him (not on your blog) where he is looking to the left and slightly down that is MAGNIFICENT. I presently have this photograph on my desk top at work so that I can see my beautiful boy all day.
Please feel free to come out anytime if you get the urge to “shoot” more horses........perhaps a warm sunny day. Thank you again, I can’t tell you enough how much I’m going to cherish these photos.

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