Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Stills Challenge - Water......and Arabian Horses, of course!



This week's Sunday Stills Challenge was "Water." I knew when I first saw this challenge what I wanted to post but didn't know if my horses would co-operate. Since "water" seems to be one of their favorite things.........there's no telling what will happen when they're turned out near the creek.



Sometimes there's lots of slashing. Other times there are what you'd have to call downright water fights as they throw themselves into the creek to get another horse drenched. When that happens in the winter, it always makes me shudder from the very thought of that cold cold water......

In these pictures we have a band of fillies and mares, my Legs' daughters to be exact. After just being turned out after a few days cooped up inside, I was hoping there'd be lots of "water" play.



The girls first ran around bucking and kicking with even a bit of squealing thrown in. It wasn't until they began to settle a bit that they headed for the creek. I knew then that the "wild water" was going to be out yet I still held out hope for some kind of water games.



With my camera in hand (now when did that ever work with horses?) I stood there hoping for some kind of action shots but the only game these horses wanted to play was "sentinel." An ok game for the horses but not nearly so much fun for the photographer.

But sentinel is what it was. Gypcy and Rhapsody went on point while the others blew in the water. (Drinking out of the creek seems not to be much of a priority, it's mostly about play to this herd.) Until Gypcy and Rhapsody decided it was time to alert the herd and flee.......probably laughing along the way with more bucking and kicking and a little cavorting thrown in for good measure.



This last picture is the same spot in the creek where the fillies had played. If the creek bed could speak I wonder what stories it would tell about these horses and their antics.

Well, that's it for my Sunday Stills Challenge this week. I'd really hoped to get pictures of the major water fights but with camera in hand there probably wasn't much chance of that. I'm sure I'll see those games again when my camera is in the house or my battery is dead.


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18 comments:

  1. Great pics and story to go along with them,well done...:-)

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  2. My ponies didn't cooperate either. I love how they conspire against the cameras! Nice shots!

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  3. Horses rarely cooperate when there is a camera involved. At least that is my experience. I liked the shots you got though, very nice!

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  4. Ed mentioned on another comment that we need to do this in the summer months...hopefully then the horses will be a lil' more cooperative!! Good shots anyhow!

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  5. Great photos. I love the story and would love to see them playing.

    Mine is up over at my photo blog.

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  6. Amazing countryside looks so wonderful. The horses must have fun.

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  7. Great story and it looks like a fantastic place to just watch the horses in action.

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  8. A wonderful story...and told through such great pictures!! :)

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  9. Maybe I'm crazy, but I see a horse and rider in that last photo.
    I'd flee too.

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  10. Very good pictures with the story that explains it. Looks like they were caught in the act of playing.

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  11. I like the way you used the photos to tell the story - well done!

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  12. Great for you to have a creek for your horses to play in; bet that makes it easier for trail riding when you have to cross creeks! Nice pics.

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  13. Wonderful shots!! The fillies looked like they were having a lot of fun. They look so regal next to the water!!

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  14. My mom and I think we see the horse and rider you see. But at first glance, I saw an evil rabbit with fiery eyes. That was one dangerous looking rabbit! lol.

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  15. Its too bad they were uncooperative..but you still captured some great photos! :)

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  16. Looks like they were having fun, regardless of not cooperating :)

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  17. That looks like a great life for them and you.

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  18. LOL, MiKael, when will you learn, it doesnt work that way, your horses will do all those wonderful things on the morning you forget your camera or while you are looking out of the window of the house and don't have your camera in hand or are too far away!!!! Run inside and get the camera and when you come out there will be complete peace and tranquility until you put it down again LOL. When I have babies I spend hours sitting in the field just waiting for that few seconds when they will get to play and then even, 9 times out of 10 they will be in a bad position for lighting, too far away, or using me as a tag team member so too close!

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