I noticed my horses enjoying the coolness as the sun went down. Don’t get me wrong, they love the sun, the warmth makes them sleepy but when it starts to go down they feel their energy pick up and they start to run around. So, though I got more portraits than anything, I did get a pretty neat airborn picture of little Annie Oakley.
I’ve been able to capture this type of trot on a few of my horses over the years and am always amazed at the long reach of their trot and the toes off the ground or just barely touching.
And my little girl just after her trot, catching her wind. Annie Oakley takes after her namesake and is short being only 14.1 hands. But what she makes up in height she certainly makes up for in punch. She’s got a lot of spirit and smarts, much like the real Annie Oakley. She’s my little sharp shooter.
Then there’s my mellow yellow, Caliente. She is super mellow, mellow enough for all my horses put together. Nothing gets Cali upset, she isn’t afraid of anything and takes pleasure in making everyone else jump. She will even take a blue tarp and shake it just to watch the others run.
Cali was also by far the easiest horse to train to ride. She especially appreciated our lessons that included standing under the apple tree and picking apples. I think that’s when she decided carrying a person wasn’t so bad!
Then there’s the man, the myth, the legend: Sunnie. He is a wonderful, bright, loving, caring soul. He was my stallion and produced some beautiful babies who all mostly took after him. When my decision to quit breeding came about, I couldn’t stand the thought of selling him so he was gelded. What makes a nice stallion makes an even better gelding. Sunnie was then sent away for 90 days training and he is now a wonderful riding horse with a beautiful stop, lope, trot and walk. He spins on the haunches and forehand and is a joy to ride. Oh yes, he definitely will give a goosey bounce every now and then but for the most part, he’s a angel. I love this horse to pieces.