I am so excited to share these images with you. Honestly, this is some of the most beautiful light I have ever had the pleasure of shooting with. I am a little obsessed with sunsets and if I could order in a sunset for every one of my shoots, I would have it tailor made to look just like this.
Laura, who runs The Feed Room at Elmwood Equestrian Centre, in Burnham on Crouch, has had coloured Irish Sport Horse, Koda, for four years and admits that he hasn’t been an easy horse, by any stretch of the imagination. She bought Koda from what she describes as ‘a dodgy dealer’. She says that she now realises that when she tried him out, he had been doped, and once she got him home, he was a completely different horse. He is so sensitive that even now, after having him for over two years, she still has to mount from the wrong side, to keep him from freaking out. He’s obviously been through some kind of trauma in his past. But he is apparently a machine to hunt and it’s clear that Laura and Koda have a very strong, relationship and he has landed in the right hands.
Laura was worried that Koda would be a bit of a nightmare to photograph, but he surprised all of us by behaving like a total angel, throughout his modelling debut.
Dinero, our second equine model, is just adorable. Laura spent some time living in Spain last year, with Koda in tow, and fell in love with the Spanish horses. So when she moved back home, she decided to import an Andalusian to the UK. She says that five year old Dinero has settled brilliantly, since arriving in late November, and is just the easiest little horse to do. And he certainly enjoys a cuddle, which always makes my job that bit easier.
The fields were super wet and muddy, and the wind was icy cold, reminding us that winter really has settled in. Not quite the toasty temperatures that Dinero is accustomed to, I’m sure. So, I’m so pleased that both boys didn’t mind wading through the muck and getting their toes dirty to get to the best locations, and that Laura was happy to wrap up warm and carry on, regardless. And, of course, I have to give a mention the most adorable Bulldog, Bella, who begrudgingly left her warm, cosy bed for her five minutes of fame. I love her! Thank you for having us, Laura, and for a really lovely afternoon. And for what I think might be some of new favourite images!
P.S. Did I mention the sunset?? Well, I definitely think I need to mention it again. So much pretty!!
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