When Ashley contacted me last fall about doing a session for her beloved Jetta, here’s what she said, ” I have a 23 year old Appaloosa I rescued 2 winters ago from slaughter, he was a rough mess but my heart was stolen and has been ever since. He is blind almost completely, has severe arthritis and we just found out has cushings. The impossibility of me not having this old crazy horse is devastating. We have to put him down before the temperatures get too cold for him, around October/November we decided would be best for him. I would LOVE to capture him and I before it is too late.”
We did the session just in time, the week before, he started to lose weight and they knew time was not on their side. Exactly one month after this session, Ashley had to say goodbye to her sweet Jetta.
The reason I share all this and tug at your heart strings is that I wish for all horse owners to have photos with their horses. Even if they are not experiencing health problems, you just never know when something might happen and you don’t get another day to capture your relationship with your beloved horse in the form of a photograph. My horse is 21 and in great health, but I had photos done with her last summer because I didn’t want to let another year pass without being photographed with her.
After the session, Ashley had this to say about her photos, “I really can’t tell you how much I love them! You did such an amazing job at capturing Jetta and I even though it was nearly impossible to do! You worked magic and I’m forever grateful for that. I will honestly treasure them forever and can’t wait to get some up in our new home so I can tell everyone about how great you are and about our day in the fall with Jetta. They’re priceless, timeless and beautiful. The biggest thank you to you Shelley, from the bottom of my heart.”
Honestly, this is my favorite part of my job – saving memories for wonderful people like Ashley.
For more information about my special “Remember Session” for older or terminally ill horses, visit my Remember Session page.
Ashley loved this photo! I love clients who have a great sense of humor! 😀