Two Peas #13358
A friend and I had her Arabian mare and foal in a green pasture of high early summer grass. I took many shots of them going around with the foal leading, opposite of what you might expect. The little one kept up a good pace and never walked, always moving. Being a very active kid, the three-month-old baby was actually running her mother a little ragged to the edge of frustration.
To create this image, I stepped right into their path about ten feet away as they came around the paddock in a slow trot. The camera was ready to shoot and the shutter clicked just as the horses reacted to slow and stop. What I was after was a head-on shot with a little twinge of surprise in their pose with ears up. Above all, I do not recommend doing this for obvious safety reasons. Even if you know horses it can be risky. But to get an untypical picture of a mare and foal in motion like this one, that’s what I had to do and it worked.
The setting is one of the very beautiful south-central Pennsylvania farming valleys on a horse farm where I’ve shot many times. Those beautiful tree-covered mountains like the one in the background line each side of the valleys down east. All told, it was a beautiful day to shoot and have friends and horses to work with!
This three-month-old foal with knobby knees is my old pal Allegra. She’s grown into a beautiful mare in her own right and doesn’t look the same at all. Here as a small filly, she’s a rich brown color like her bay mare mother. Today, she is a stunning rose roan as she transitions to a gray horse like her father, the white (or gray) stallion who I’ve photographed many times. Those pictures have appeared in calendars and magazines many times.
Would you like to see her pure Arabian horse parents? See them here in portrait as Affectionate Horses #12396.
Location: Willow Hill, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks
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