There is something exciting down at the barn today according to the Manx Brothers and the Sundogs. Mama Jo does not agree.
Since requests are coming in for MOAR goats here goes. Enjoy our two young Nubian goats, Sweet Pea (Black & White) and her sister Sorrel as they play what we call “King of the Mountain” game. The video is kinda long but well worth the laughs. They can do this for a long time…..neither wants to surrender.
Any part of showing a horse includes bathing…for one good reason. They often look like this. One has to have a good attitude to take on a job like this. Nattie and Cathy, drivers for Big Feather Shires, have that good attitude. Remember them from “Driving with Nattie”? See the smile? See the laughing? That is how you have to start out.The upper neck is about as high up as you want to get on a horse with a hose. Especially one as big as this.They don’t like water sprayed in the face. Would you?After wetting down the foam comes. Just like the car wash.The butt especially needs soap. We know what comes out of there.“PLEASE don’t squirt foam into my face.” I think this guys name is Turbo. But I can’t be sure. I pay attention to taking photo’s not learning names.On a Shire, just like the Clydesdale, cleaning the long white shaggy hair on the bottom legs and feet is an important part of the bath.This lady is just getting started with her Clyde’s lower legs. Look at that shiny body. At least she has that part done.Belgians have easier legs to clean, not a huge amount of hair and coat. But they often have white socks which presents more work to get spiffy clean.
As any horse owner with any part white on their horse agrees.Speaking of white, or technically GRAY, here is a gray horse looking really cool wet. She is one of those pretty Percheron in the red barn I showed you yesterday.She takes one look at me and says….. “Get me away from this bath, out of these cross ties and back to my buddy who’s looking at me over there.”“It is not fair to tie me like this. I can learn to stand still if we could just communicate better about it.”Meanwhile the Belgian by the tree stands perfectly still.After a bath standing in the warm sun to dry is required. So far technology has not come out with horse dryers. Although I’m sure in some fancy horse barn they have them.While standing a little horse love, I mean horse-play is in order.In the end it is all worth it to look at a mane as pretty as this.
My carefree Chickasha Chiron born 5/12/06 out of Leavin My Mark and Chickasha Candy
This photo was taken May, 27, 2011. I was called by a woman who lived in the same community as me to come and do a photo shoot for her 5 year old buckskin gelding. We took Chiron and his mother Candy to a beautiful lush pasture which needed to be eaten down. Continue reading
OK I know what you are thinking. What the heck does DCWARP stand for. Well it is kind of knotty, I mean a naughty little secret. Way back in 2008 a group of cowgirls got together for a horseback riding vacation at a place called Box R Ranch in Southern Oregon. Lets just say we did a lot more than horseback riding and bonded pretty tight. Box R Ranch 2008
We have lost a couple members over the years but gained a couple too. Continue reading
This shot was taken inside of a small log barn with the horse looking out towards the natural light.Here is the same shot with the background blacked out. Does the original background with light coming through small slats in the log barn and the horse looking out to the light improve the photo in composition or distract from the horse portrait?