Shoot to Show 2014

June 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Just finished the submission of photos to the Ray Pfortner Shoot to Show class on Vashon for 2014.  The show will open at Vashon's Hardware Store restaurant July 11th.  The theme was trees.  I will be adding some of my favorite tree photos from this assignment to the Vashon gallery.  I managed to shoot some photos of Sauvie with the tree theme.   This is a special accomplishment for me as Sauvie turns 29 this year and has had some health issues.  I believe this will likely be his last summer with me.  This assignment gave me the impetus to take him out to the forest for the first time in a long time and photograph him.  He still loves an adventure and was so happy to be the chosen horse to go do some work, literally dragging me through Dockton forest (I at the end of the leadline, him leading, with camera and equipment in hand.)   I am always amazed at the complexity of the animal personalities in my family.  You can't just say one is submissive and shy, another bold and outgoing.  They all have quite diverse personalities.  This is true of Sauvie... who is bold and fearless, yet the most submissive horse in the herd.  He still likes to pester and pick a play fight with the other horses, just to interact.  When I am bringing him his food he will nicker, paw the ground, and most recently even squeals a little - ears pinned, but as soon as I get close enough his ears are forward, and eye soft.  He will step on your foot.  He will not buck or rear.  A truck booming past will not phase him..   You can canter him on the roadside or across an open field.  Llamas however.... yeah, you no longer exist and he is running for his life.  As he has gotten older he has become more attached to me and will follow me all around the yard as I do my chores.  I love this horse.


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