In mid-April, I took a personal trip to Kentucky to visit my dear friend Shirley McQuillen and have a chance to warm up my camera for the year (it gets cold in MN in the winter, you betcha!) by pointing it at pretty horses in scenic landscapes.
I also did several structured photo sessions, which I’ll share in the coming days.
This little appaloosa foal captured my heart. She’s such a sweetheart and her momma was very patient about letting me be close to her new baby.
One of the farms we visited featured this colorful statue at the front entrance. It is decorated with glass from beer bottles. I couldn’t help but photograph it!
This visit came on the heels of weeks and weeks of rain, creating lots of great mud holes to play in.
Fabulous fresh foals finding their feet for the first time are the cutest. 🙂
We found this group of lazy yearlings lounging in the late morning sun as we drove the countryside.
My friend Shirley is an equine chiropractor. I know many of you are scratching your heads right now that something like this even exists, but let me tell you, it’s a very effective form of treatment for horses. I watched Shirley treat horse after horse with often instant results. A lot of the horses she treats are young racehorses who, though they are handled a lot, are also are very high spirited. I would watch as Shirley would enter a stall, or come up to a horse, and it was like they know she was there to help and trusted her to do whatever needed to be done. She has an amazing way with these animals. I have so much respect for Shirley and the work she does with these horses.
Shirley’s dad was a human chiropractor for years, and now goes out with Shirley each morning and assists her as she treats horses.
This foal was less than a day old when we photographed her. She was one of the biggest foals they had seen in a long time. Look at those legs!!
This colt and I made a special connection. I spent a lot of time at his stall in the morning sunlight. As I photographed his eye, he breathed that sweet horsey breath on my neck and chest. I am usually cautious about letting a young horse get too cozy with me because they can try to get playful and bite, but I just knew he wasn’t like that, and that I was safe with him.
This little one was also just born. You can really see in his eyes that he is just as new as they come. 🙂
I delighted to watch this foal run around in his pasture. You can already see their love for running, even at this young age.
This pony cracked me up! Look at that form!
We ran across this herd of draft horses and I made Shirley stop the car because I loved the whole scene. This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. I like the extra little detail in the upper right corner. 🙂
These yearling boys were in a playful mood. We had a lot of fun just watching and capturing their antics.
Our photo op for the week found us at a Saddlebred barn. Oh man, these saddlebred babies are ADORABLE!
Gotta love those whiskers. 🙂