Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday stills: My best shot

My best shot of 2010. I guess most of these were not for Sunday stills but they have that little something. I couldn't pick favorites but here are some that struck something in me and make me keep wanting to go back and view them time and time again.

Mike the little-big golden boy
This is Mike a registered Halfling gelding I backed quite the bit this year. He went bitless as usual.

Indigo. My lovely, little, spotty, dirty horse. Such a pretty girl.
Indigo. This was actually quite an accident. It just started to rain and I intended to get some riding in but I ended up cleaning my tack trunk instead.

Ken
My cousin Ken for our tea and coffee mugs challenge. I can't quite figure what makes this picture so awesome but colour does not do it any justice it must be viewed in black and white.


My boots. Where would I be without a good pair of boots? Although I love these Ariat boots nothing to me can replace a good ol pair of blundstones.

This picture not because it's beautiful. It is everything but. It is absolutely horrible to see so many riders at this particular show that have their horse incorrectly bitted coupled with heavy, unforgiving hands. God forbid the horse try and evade this pressure and open his mouth because we can just strap it shut. I hope in the future riders know more about mouth anatomy and choosing a bit (Or lack thereof) for their horses mouth type. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. I aspire to know all I can about bitting; It's become a bit of an obsession.


My lovely friends Amanda and Mike on their wedding day. They are kooky and crazy and just had a beautiful, healthy baby girl named Leah. Mike is an awesome husband I honestly don't think Amanda has had to change one diaper yet. Leah is lucky to have two great parents.



Can you say Omnomnom?


So this one. It's a cowboy on a horse. It's very busy in the background and the composition is so-so but what we really should be focusing on is the cowboy on the horse. I think hes wearing wranglers, or levi's but who cares it's a cowboy on a horse.

If there were one image that could describe my horse without meeting her this would be it. Watch your white clothes.



I just really like this bucket of apples. It makes me miss getting good apples off the stand instead of the ones at the grocery store. It also makes me miss summer when I bought all these apples.

Happy new year everyone, see you in a few days.

27 comments:

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I see several of my favorites in there. Really nice job all around.

lisa said...

I didn't stick with just the Sunday stills best either. Yours were pretty darn good!! Happy New Year.

Sarah Golden said...

:D Fantastic stuff!
That one with the horse with the strap is horrible. :c Who would do that to an animal?

Jeni said...

Nice pictures Syd. I wonder why you didn't choose any from your Ireland trip?

I agree with you on the Dressage horse picture. I'm struggling with the bitting thing myself with Bonnie. My problem is cash flow... I've been looking for used bitless - but seems Dr. Cooks is the most popular for re-sale. I believe that says something. No so much the nurtural. I've never ridden Bonnie with the flash on her caveson, and I've taken the flash off Rosie's this past summer.

from my front porch... said...

I so hope you have framed a few of these! Awesome!
Happy New Year, Sydney. And may you continue to teach others and inspire them to go Bitless!
xo, misha

Desert Rose said...

The picture of MIKE is amzing!!! it's funny how a picture can stay in your mind.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Those first two photos are my favorite, but my ultimate favorite is the second one with Indigo. It's just perfect and takes my breath away.

Nicely done,
~Lisa

Happy New Year from New Mexico!

thecrazysheeplady said...

All very nice, but I'm partial to the top two.

Susan said...

They're all nice photos. I'd delete the unhappy horse one.

Rising Rainbow said...

I think what I like about the black and white is where the light hits and the intense look on his face.

Happy New Year!

Dom said...

Great shots.

I did cringe at the one bridle photo. Poor horse. I want to rush over, adjust the fit, and whack the rider on the knuckles.

Janice said...

Nice job. The one with Mike really is interesting...must be the pensiveness of the photo...is that a word....is now.I also really enjoyed your post about Another Year Of Indigo

Shirley said...

Well done- some great photos there. I wouldn't delete the dressage horse- it certainly evokes emotion, and tells a story.

gtyyup said...

Wonderful shots girl!! But my favs are your cousin Ken...it's just good. And the one of Indigo at the barn, just a nice composition.

Happy New Year to you and your herd!

dibear said...

I am very partial to the all the beautiful horse shots. Lovely. :)

photographerpainterprintmaker.com said...

Wonderful photo's Syd. Have a great time out in Oklahoma, learn lots and come home safe.

Love yah Aunty Poo!

Jen said...

Some great shots. If you're really interested in exploring bits, Dr. Deb Bennett (Equine Studies Institute) created a totally cool bit rating system for checking bit severity. I went through and did all of ours while working Cinnamon backwards (from the Pelham he came in to a sweet iron snaffle) and it was quite an eye opener. Bitless is on my wish list, but I can't swing it right now. *sigh* I hate waiting :o)

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent choices!!

Jessie McCandless said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the ones of Indigo--she's so photogenic :)

Brenda said...

I just love the photo of Mike, and Indigo is a close 2nd! They both could be a poster!

Jame said...

I love all the photo's you have of Indigo with her tongue stuck out, she likes to do that quite a bit doesn't she?
Kade is due sometime in early February, so just about a month from now, we'll see what he has to say about it! I'm already not sleeping well-my midwife jokes that I'm already in training!

Grey Horse Matters said...

It's hard to pick I like them all. I just threw out my Blundstone's (the sole was falling off) and I have to buy a new pair right away.

Have a wonderful year in 2011!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

All beautiful..the one with Indy during the rain is mystically beautiful. I would frame that one for sure :)

Juliana said...

These are beyond incredible

achieve1dream said...

Wow those are all fantastic!

Your caption on the one of Indigo with her tongue out had me laughing. All I could think was she's trying to add flea-bites to your white shirt so you match!! :D Flea-bitten grays are starting to grow on me finally. Thank goodness since Chrome will probably go flea bitten. Indigo has been a huge help in changing my opinions on grays. She's so gorgeous. :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Indigo in that tall grass is a stunning photo! :)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Those are great! I like Ken sipping his coffee and Indigo in front of the barn and Mike the horse! Oh my! I like them all.

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