Joburg Expat: Horses, Horses, and More Horses

February 17, 2012

Horses, Horses, and More Horses

When you've got nothing going on in your life but a horse show, you take pictures of horses.

Brown horses.




White horses.



Brown and White horses.


Little horses.



Pretty horses.


Jumping horses.



Bucking horses.


Peeing-when-performing horses.



Sleepy horses.


Sleepy dogs on horses.


Kissing horses.


Loved horses.


Horses' heads.









And horses' butts.





You take pictures of all things horse, because there is nothing else to do, and what with over 1000 horses present, there is plenty of material. Can I just say that it's not easy taking horse pictures, or at least pictures of horses with riders on them. Horses are more often than not dark, whereas the rider is typically framed by a bright sky. I was constantly fiddling with the exposure settings. Then again, I had nothing much else to do.

This was our first horse show, and a good harbinger of things to come. Apparently, what you do most of during a horse show is wait. If you're not walking from one end of the place to the other, because of course your two kids' events are spread out to the farthest possible reaches. 

We didn't win anything that day. Not that I'd even have known where to find out if we won anything. But everybody stayed on top of their horse, which I count as a success. No one got kicked by a horse. And there were only a few tears, because Impatience had practiced for the wrong dressage test, but she got over it. And good old Sparky behaved himself reasonably well, only bucking once or twice and peeing when walking up to the judges.

We should have gotten an award for most spirited horse.

4 comments :

Conrad said...

haha, normalerweise schreibst Du Deine Blogeinträge aber mit größerem Enthusiasmus!

Sine said...

Ja, das war wirklich nicht meine Lieblingsbeschaeftigung letztes Wochenende. Und es gibt noch vier dieser Wettbewerbe ueber's Schuljahr verteilt.

Heather said...

Nice pics!

W. A. Jeffrey said...

I like horses for the most part as long as I am not riding them.