Red Halter #5923

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The Story

This horse photo is very minimalist art done in February snow with a foggy background. This solitary mare wearing her new red halter was grazing her way through four inches of snow, pawing it away as she went to eat the cold grass. Unfazed, she paid me no mind at all and kept going along slowly. It was very early in the morning and the fog was heavy and thick. Wet, too. Everything had a thin coat of ice covering it, the fence wires, trees, and the snow itself. I crunched over to the fence to set up the tripod, made sure the film was wound, and got ready to make a horse picture.

The day before, I had a bad case of cabin fever and vowed to get out of the house the very next morning. I tossed the camera in the truck and left about 7:30 with no destination in mind, just get out and ramble. Ten miles later, there was the horse, a single black mare wearing a brand new red halter. That piece of new horse tack was very striking in the nearly pure white world that morning. It’s the only color in the shot which was done on color slide film in the pre-digital days.

The fickle Photo Gypsy decide to ride along that day, so my equine photo shooting luck was doubled: not only a black horse in white snow but the cold, icy fog took out the entire farming valley background behind leaving only the ghost of a fence line and a tree. The rest went to pure white. As a result, that big negative space simply brings all the attention to the black horse enjoying her cold breakfast. I still go by this spot often and have never seen it the same again.

While creating horse art as part of creating plenty of horse pictures for all kinds of publishing purposes or simple enjoyment, this picture has remained a favorite in the booth at outdoor art shows. As minimalist art, this one always pulls attention with its plain, strong statement with an added bit of wonder and only a dash of color from a piece of new horse tack. It makes a great decorating neutral and blends anywhere.

More Horse Photos In Snow

Surprisingly, this particular horse photo started out as a panorama which I trimmed down to fit regular print sizes, seen here. You can find the panorama as Red Halter #14935…same title, different stock number, different sizes…available as a 12×36 or 20×60 panorama for home or office decor

See my old pal Dinah the Morgan horse having a great time in new-fallen snow in Snow Dancer #11160. Here’s one called Snow Runner #14368 of a young enthusiastic stallion running through 28″ of powder snow. He made repeated tight circles just to come in close and buzz me at arm’s length!

Location: near Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Horse photo and text © Andrew Dierks.

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