Snow horses

Catching up on some photos and took a few minutes outside yesterday to photograph our horses in the snow.  I have two canvases in my front hallway of two of our three horses, and have been waiting for a good snow to add the third.  It’s nice to have a great shot of each because horses are not clean and pretty every day.  Horses can look so magical in pictures but unless you are grooming them every single day and constantly blanketing them (which is not really healthy for them, they need to be a bit natural), you are going to find that horses like to roll in mud, tangle their manes, and even lay in manure at times…

Here we have Stormy and Pixie – mom and baby….  Sleek and shiny in the spring and summer….  but for No Brakes (he’s an Icelandic horse), Erynn mentioned that maybe it should be a snow shoot…. Yeah, she’s right.  No Brakes gets clipped in the spring/summer, so he loses his cool leg feathers and scruffy beard and coat…. and we usually roach his mane (cut it really short).  These are simple 11×14 gallery wrapped canvases (for those who buy products through me).

gallery-wrapped-canvas

 

Erynn and I went out with them yesterday after the snow storm had settled down.  This is our first real snow with the horses at our home.  I was anxious to see how well we dealt with it.  I tried my best to keep things convenient such as moved some of the best quality hay we have from around the back storage into the convenient feed room so we could feed them inside the barn and without a lot of wasted hay which would just lie on the floor and get messy (we typically feed hay outside of the barn because it is more natural like grazing – we don’t like to typically coop the horses up inside as their joints and health stay better if they can wander as needed).  I put the windbreaks back up, and had it so cozy in the barn, but they could still come and go as they pleased.  We also blanked everyone with their winter blankets.

I have to tell you, I found Stormy standing in the middle of the holding pasture 10 feet from the barn, standing up and sleeping while being pelted with ice.  *sigh*  Can’t baby horses, they don’t need as much babying as you think!  haha!

At any rate, I did some shots of No Brakes… I haven’t decided which I will use to match up to these… I may take some more in the next few days as soon as this terrible wind settles down.

icelandic-horse

While I was concentrating on No Brakes, I had to get some snaps of the others – Stormy here guarding her herd as usual – wondering why Erynn had a plastic bag on the end of her crutch… oh  yeah, Erynn was stepped on by Pixie a few weeks ago… same foot that No Brakes fell on years ago and broke her leg in eight places…  It happened almost to the day! (for that story, go here…)
BLUE-EYED-HORSE

Pixie could not stand not getting attention, so she started playing and kicking up her heels…. 

She’s one of those horses that is a show-stopper.  She is simply gorgeous no matter what she’s doing or covered in 😉 

Stormy getting up from her nice roll….CHAMPAGNE PAINT HORSE

ICELANDIC-HORSE-BAYSNOW-HORSE

No Brakes is a real sweetheart but very timid when he doesn’t have a rider.  He is scared of men, but will settle and accept a man if he is being calm and moves slow.  No Brakes gains much confidence from Erynn and will do anything she asks.  He is tiny but can jump 4 feet.   Believe it or not, he’s in his 20s.  We really thought he was a lot younger when we got him.  He doesn’t act his age at all and never stops… he just goes and goes.  We recently found out that he is missing quite a few teeth.  It has been wonderful bringing our two senior horses home and being able to give them the extras in their old age like special feed and supplements… they’ve given us so much over the years, they deserve all the special attention now 🙂SNOWHORSE

About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.