This week I’m scaling back on the chit-chat so I can show you some horse pictures. I believe it’s important to incorporate multiple horse pictures into my blog. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Over the years, I’ve taken a zillion horse pictures. This one of Gandalf begging for a carrot always makes me smile.
I like the artistic composition of this one, Gandalf all decked out in surcingle and sidereins, ready to be lunged.
I’ve taken a lot of pictures of people with their horses. This one was taken at the Royal Winter Fair many years ago. One of the issues with photos of other people is getting permission to use them in my blog. This isn’t always convenient or even possible. I’m counting on the blurriness of this image and the fact it was taken at a public event to make the image both anonymous and universal.
Using pictures of myself isn’t a problem, of course. In most cases, the Scuba Diver has been my photographer, and he doesn’t mind if I plaster his photographs on my blog. I’ve always loved this picture of me and Gandalf. For some reason it reminds me of the sculptures and paintings of muscular horses that you see in museums and public spaces all over Europe.
Often, I have to resort to the internet for horse pictures. Unsplash is a site which offers “Beautiful, free photos, gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.” Here are some examples.
I love this moment during a White Turf horse race in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This event takes place every year on a frozen alpine lake, so it’s snow, not sand, that’s being kicked up by the horses’ hooves.
Then there’s this gorgeous picture of a horse and rider on a Mediterranean beach near Asilah, Morocco. Don’t we all dream of cantering a horse on the water’s edge at sunset?
Obviously not your usual horse, this zebra reminds me of a very recent (February 2019) article in Discover magazine about why zebras have stripes. Apparently, the stripes protect against horse flies. Be prepared to see a lot more zebra-striped fly sheets in the future!
The simplicity of this picture grabs me: a grazing horse limned with light that morphs the ordinary into the magical.
And speaking of magic, aren’t carousel horses the ultimate magic, so colourful and prancing?
I could look at horse pictures all day. Couldn’t you?