In 2011 I received a message from a lady telling me that her horse was scared of his saddle and generally very nervous when ridden, but that she wanted a shoot and wondered if we could work around this. Of course, I was happy to do so, but for reason or another at the time, we didn’t end up securing a date. And I’m so glad…
Because three years later, that same lady, sat astride her beautiful, calm, happy boy in her wedding dress and he didn’t bat an eyelid.
I must admit I was slightly nervous, with Katy’s message way back from 2011 in mind, when she got in touch recently and told me that she wanted to take him to the woods and ride in her wedding dress. But it’s clear that Finnegan has come a long way in three years, and I don’t think he even noticed the train draping across his hind quarters. He was more interested in munching on any trees within his reach.
The very gorgeous Katy was married to Adam back in May, but she wanted photographs in her special dress, with the other two men in her life; Her handsome boy, Finnegan and Freddie, her huge, adorable Dogue de Bordeaux. Whilst Finn was more than happy to oblige, Freddie wasn’t entirely sure about the whole idea of a photoshoot. There are so many more exciting things to be done in a woods, right? Like sniffing and stuff! And Adam, who really isn’t sold on the horsey life, wasn’t hugely enthusiastic either. I think he and Freddie were in staunch agreement that photoshoots are for girls! However, they both humoured us and were very good natured about it all.
Katy told me that she had bought Finn from a lady who rescued him when he was being taken for meat, so he’s certainly fallen on his feet now. She said that when she brought him home, everyone wondered what she’d gotten herself into. He was quirky, highly strung and terrified of everything. But you’d never have guessed it, looking at the relaxed, content horse in front of my camera. Katy travelled him in her trailer, to a small wooded area by the side of a busy road. He wandered off the trailer, crossed the road without a second look and chilled out in the strange forest, looking at his mum like she was a little crazy, floating around the woods in her wedding dress and making the four of them wander up and down together.
I love these success stories. It’s one of my favourite parts of this job, hearing about owners who’ve rescued and rehabilitated their horses, or horses who’ve had a bad time and are now living a life of love and luxury. And it’s such a pleasure to document their stories. Thank you for a lovely afternoon, Katy, Adam, Finnegan, Freddie and all of your lovely helpers.