This is a gorgeous photo! With your expression and pose and Irban's cautious look, it gives the impression that you're reassuring him. It's so sweet. You've done wonderfully at capturing the "elven" feel with your beautiful dress and the horse's tack as well. Very well done!
Thank you very much! I've had Irbans stuff ordered from a pretty interesting shop here in Russia. Next time I'll make sure he's wearing all his pretty ammunition Maybe we'll try something in motion Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to see him do
Oh I would love to see that! Motion would be interesting although I have a soft spot for horses at liberty and tackless rides (though, as I read, you're working on that). Best of luck with future photos!
That would be very awesome. Funny thing is, just yesterday, I was looking at some good destinations to visit through Europe in and Asia, soon. I will definitely let you know if I happen to be in the area.
A bit about Irban. He is a Ukranian Saddlebread (I'm guessing thats the right translation from Russian) 8 years of age. We first met this April 2012. If you know horses, you might notice he seems a bit cautious here - first experience with flash photography. He had a some trust issues when I first got him. His previous owner didn't have time for him because she was waiting for her third child and the trainer in charge of him was just mean! Personally I do not think that hitting a horse (or any animal for that matter) is acceptable. Irban comes from a pretty good bloodline and was bread to preform in dressage. Though he had all the required qualities for competitive sport, his personality got him in to trouble. Though remarkably fast to learn just about anything, he lacks patience and gets bored quite quickly. When the owner finally decided to sell him, his price was.... well, way beyond my budget. But he was so depressed and withdrawn that no body wanted him (+ he had problems with his hooves) . By the time I came to see him, his prise dropped about 65% and I managed to get another extra 500$ discount )) I didn't mind him being somewhat reserved and I don't care for sport competition (I've had my share of high level competitive sports). I was just happy that he was not afraid of cars or dogs barking. Half a year has passed and Irban has turned in to confident and happy boy. He went from being afraid of a rope in someones hands or a twig ( just holding them no swinging or doing anything) to riding while swinging a sword and even firing a gun ( no real bullets, just the sound and smoke like in the movies). His hooves are almost fixed now, maybe it will take another 4-5 months to get them perfect, but we'll get there. He also knows plenty of simple tricks and loves attention. Because he still gets bored quite quickly we just try not to spend a lot of time on one thing and take a lot of small baby steps as often as possible.
Now we've started to learned bareback and bridleles riding. Hopefully, we will be able to get some real " elven" photos when we're both confident enough. We still work with a pro trainer once a week, because I've actually started riding a bit less then 1 year ago.