This past Saturday I moved my horse to a new barn in Henryville, Indiana. It is a beautiful setting, with 120 acres, three lakes, and miles upon miles of horse trails. I am so excited to be at this new barn and for my horse to be in a safe yet lovely setting - and my kids are especially excited to get to swim and fish in the lakes! Not to mention they also love the gator golf cart they might get to ride in if they ask really, really nicely with their big brown eyes flashing behind their polite smiles!
I am a bit sad though to be leaving my old barn as I'll miss the friends I've made there - both human and equine. Can you get attached to a bunch of horses that aren't yours and you don't ride? YES!
It may sound silly but for the past few years I've gotten to know the other horses that Luxor has been boarded with and they definitely grow on you. Some in more positive ways than others, to be polite, but I definitely grew to love each of them as they were a part of our days spent at the barn. The three horses that were in his herd I will especially miss because I would always take time to love on them for a few reasons. First, because when I called Luxor, he came up to the barn and so did the other three horses, and they were there so greet me. Second, because the owners of the three horses rarely, and I mean rarely, ever came out to see their horses. No, I'm not judging, I just have a hard time comprehending. I especially wanted to give these three horses some TLC, because they all loved and quite honestly - need the attention. If money wasn't an issue I'd have that small herd of horses as my own, but alas. Anyway I will miss Sunny, Fly and Gitana and I hope that the people who still board there recognize the kind hearts each of them has, and the need for some attention. And finally, I will miss taking pictures of the horses! Their photographs show their beauty, character, personality, friskiness or whatever they were feeling on a certain day. I will miss sitting and watching the horses interact, being silly, grouchy, sleepy, etc. etc. That group of horses has given me some amazing moments caught on camera and a start on a path to where I am today with photography.
So at this new barn, will I have anything to take pictures of? YES! Maybe not as many horses, but the scenery is amazing with lots of wildlife, and some real cowboys and cowgirls that might be up for a photo session or two. Is Luxor happy in his new home? I believe yes, as yesterday I turned him out to the "big" pasture for the first time on his own after walking him around to show him the boundaries, and after I let him loose he turned his back to me and headed off to graze without looking back. Will he miss his old pasture buddies? Yes, I'm sure he will but he will get to see a few old horse friends when I have them and their owners over to ride at our new digs.
Thanks for visiting and check back to see what new images I will be showing from my new photography palate. I'm excited and can't wait to take my camera out with me on horseback rides, hikes, fishing, swimming expeditions and...