A Horse is a Horse, Of Course ..

I feel like I haven't stopped for a second these last few weeks.

Spring is always a busy time of year at our house because it's baseball season.  My son plays baseball year round, but in the spring the schedule becomes chaotic   insane nonstop.

Anyway ….

Yesterday I had a morning photo shoot with a horse.

Two horses, actually.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned Money Town has its own stables and a lot of equestrian trails?  Along with The Real Housewives, there are horsey people living in Money Town too.

This is Rio:

Isn't he beautiful?

His mane is naturally wavy … it hasn't been braided to get that fancy hot-guy look.

This is (a very affectionate) Austin with his owner:


They love each other.

I haven't had time to go through all the photos yet, but these two struck me immediately.  I think I'm going to have a hard time narrowing down the best shots, because at first glance there seem to be quite a few special ones.

Getting good horse photos is more difficult than you would think.  Ideally, you want to get a shot with the horses ears UP, but a lot of time the ears are twitching around – first UP and then DOWN.  

And then?  

One ear goes UP while the other ear goes DOWN ….

Well, you get the idea.

Twitchy ears!

I told Rio and Austin's owner I'd like to pay them a few visits so they get used to both me and my camera.  Mainly, I just want to spend more time with them because I fell in love with both of them.

I brought Rio and Austin carrots and apples so they would like me.  (They did.  At least, they liked me as long as I was feeding them!)  Austin is the more curious of the two, and wanted to slobber on check out my camera up close.

Austin accidentally stepped on me.  I was wearing my Nike Free running shoes which means it was pretty much like being barefoot.

It was my fault; Austin didn't even know anything had happened.  Do you know how much a quarter horse weighs?

A lot!  (I think about a thousand pounds?)

This is an iPhone photo of what I'm quite sure is my broken big (and getting bigger by the second) toe.  It's much more swollen and colorful now than it was when the photo was taken.

But that's okay …

Because guess what?

After all I've gone through, a broken toe is just not a big deal.

Spending a morning with Rio and Austin was worth it.

© Twenty Four At Heart 

13 Responses to “A Horse is a Horse, Of Course ..”

  1. Irish Gumbo

    The one of Austin and owner is particularly nice. I think I would have done the same thing to spend more time with the horses. For some reason I find being around horses to be calming.
    And? Those horses, yes, can be heavy (says the guy who laos had his foot stepped on).
    Hope it heals up soon!

  2. karen

    I would love to see more of this series of photos… I have a horse and I know very well how hard it is to get a good shot.. these photos are terrific! … Especially love the one of Austin and owner.
    I’ve had my feet stepped on many times… ouch.

  3. Joanne

    from the looks of the base of that nail, it may soon be that color naturally. I would suggest taking the polish off and looking at your nail bed. That is professional oppinion, in case you wondered!

  4. Kate D.

    What gorgeous horses. I love the photo of Austin and his owner. Might I recommend boots if you are going back to see Austin and Rio in case one of them steps to close the next time.

  5. Pam

    I adore horses too! What beautiful pictures. (except that one of your toe–I hope you’re feeling better soon!)

  6. Erica

    It looks like you might lose the toe nail. Sorry. I too hope you post more of the pictures. Rio is pretty and I really like the one of Austin and owner.

  7. Tami

    I bet you’ll lose the toenail too. Rio is so beautiful! Oh, and the picture of Austin with his owner just says love, love, love! Awesome!

  8. stacy grossman

    Hi Suzanne: It’s Stacy from PT. My daughter rides in Lake Forest. If you ever want to take horsie pics and need a cute horse model, we have a cutie pie for you. Actually, the trainer has the best horse, George, he used to be a medievel times horse. He is a white andalusian and so calm because he is older. My daughter usually rides HOOK. He is a throroughbred and is brown and very cute with a wiggly lower lip when he wants something. And then she has the most gorgous horse ever, Darton, he is a very expensive Hanovarian from Germany. He is HUGE, 18 hands and loves to look at himself. I think he would be a good horse model. I hope you are doing well. I’ve been reading your and sandi’s blogs.

  9. donna

    oooouch!! Beautiul pictures (as usual)!! The toe, you need to watch it. Besides being broken, it may be infected. You DO have cute feet though!!

  10. Lover of Horses

    Oh my gosh…its Austin and Rio’s owner!!! Your poor toe!!!! what the heck…that looks so painful, I had no idea. How is your toe doing? Did the nail come off. Yes boots next time would be a good idea 🙂 I sooooo love love love the pictures… I am ever so grateful. Come back soon we can get action shots of the boys playing in the arena. They love to spar!! Well, lets get together and figure it all out. Perhaps over a martini!! XO


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