Back in January, I ran a ‘win an equine photoshoot’ competition on my Facebook page, and Laura was chosen as the winner. So, at the beginning of the week I went over to Laura’s yard to photograph her and her two horses.
Mr. Magoo is Laura’s horse of a lifetime. The chestnut Thorougbred cross was Laura’s first horse and she bought him for the impressive sum of £70, due to an old injury caused by a rotational fall. Magoo is now almost completely retired, save for the odd plod around the local countryside, but it is clear that he is still Laura’s absolute pride and joy. She thinks he may be TB cross Suffolk Punch, and I have to say, when I first laid eyes on him, that was my first thought, too. What do you reckon?
Our other model for the evening was Romeo. Romeo is apparently a cremello Welsh Section D, but again, Laura isn’t entirely convinced that this description is completely correct. Suggestions on a postcard. But whatever he is, I love him. It’s always great, from a photographers point of view, to work with an unusual or striking looking horse. And Romeo is certainly that! Laura bought Romeo to share with her mum, Claudine, when the horse that Claudine had on loan was put up for sale.
Laura confesses to having preconceptions about native and cobby types, before meeting Romeo, thinking they were ploddy and prefering a more sporty breed. However, since Romeo has taken her here, there and everywhere and turned his hoof to anything asked of him, including cross-country, dressage and showjumping, she fully admits that she has been proven wrong.
These two horses were a hilarious little double act, on their shoot. Mr. Magoo is the clear leader, striding off up the front, as we made our way to the woods, posing like a pro and taking it all in his stride. The perfect model. Romeo, however, who may look big and impressive, was totally and utterly baffled by the whole experience, constantly on the look out for horse eating monsters in the woods and always wanting to face the opposite direction. Laura says that he’s a big baby, but doesn’t have a bad bone in him.
And I can’t write this blog without mentioning the beautiful Lily. Lily is Laura’s rescue dog and followed us everywhere we went. She had great fun bouncing around in the background and was so pleased with her little self when she got to do a spot of modelling.
Thank you for having me, Laura and Claudine. It was such a beautiful evening, with a gorgeous location and your gang just put the icing on the cake, being such fab models.
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