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The inception
January 22, 2018 09:29 PM Blog
Siri and I, tacking up at liberty. Special guest appearance by Carmen the Surrogate Dog. Maybe not the grandest of accomplishments in the scale of such things, but six months ago this wasn't really an option - she would emphatically decline to be saddled loose. This was also the unintentional official start of our year-long quest for non-lethal bridleless work outside the arena at all gaits (I accidentally said it publicly, so now it has to be a thing). The footing wasn't good so it's not t ......
SOLOSHOT fail
January 20, 2018 09:31 AM Blog
So, a little over two years ago, in September, I pre-ordered a SOLOSHOT 3 robot camera. They were supposed to be ready the following March, but the hopes and dreams of the creators were met with stodgy ol' reality, and no one got their camera until this past November. While there are still some bugs to be worked out on both the creator and user ends, my little robot camera friend is amusing as well as educational. The first ride I videoed was good from a video standpoint, but not so great f ......
Start before you're ready
January 5, 2018 08:56 PM Blog
"This is never going to work." I waited. "See? Nothing. I have no idea how to do this and I'm not even ready to try."
17.5 inch, medium tree Niedersuss Symphonie
January 4, 2018 01:57 PM Blog
$1200 Good for a horse with a long, straight back that slopes a little bit away from the spine, a somewhat larger shoulder, and moderate wither height and length, where the withers don't extend too far into the back. Short pommel rise to put you in the proper place over the horse's center of gravity and naturally give you a balanced vertical alignment. Flatter, more open seat for riders that like to have some wiggle room to adjust to their horse's movement, or that have s ......
Saddle Fitting
December 22, 2017 09:33 PM Horse/Human Entity Consulting
I've been apprenticing with saddle fitter, equine bodyworker, and generally fabulous human being Stacy Hockel of Equine Inspired Touch for about a year. I have at least another year to go, along with countless hours of continuous education on biomechanics and conformation. However, now, I'm starting to do some consulting on my own. I was led to this occupation by my own struggles with saddle fitting, along with, as always, an intense desire to know. The physics of how horse, saddle, an ......
Act II begins: within every problem lies the solution
December 20, 2017 08:51 PM Blog
Everyone has moments of transformation. Part of the magic of those moments is their seeming spontaneity. Though the groundwork for them is often laid well ahead of time, the path is not always obvious in the moment. In real life, I was starting the day's barn chores when this image first appeared to me. I was in an exquisitely dark place. For better or worse, often both, that is a much-frequented place in my story. In my mind, in the dark, I walked past room after room of debt. Room af ......
Act I
December 19, 2017 09:41 AM Blog
In the middle of every story, after the first act, the stage has to go dark. The audience is usually left with a dilemma or problem of some sort, and this interstitial moment between the first and second acts gives them time to speculate on how, or if, it might be solved. They may walk away for refreshment wondering if they even want to know. However, if the story, and the problem, are enough of a compulsion, the audience finds their seats after the intermission to soak in th ......
It's Been Real, Folks!
June 12, 2016 02:52 PM Blog
...but I'm done. At least for now. After September 30th, I will no longer be offering myself as a professional photographer. What This Means (And Doesn't Mean) I still have most of your images, for now. If you want to order anything from 2012 to the present, you can still do that here. If you want to order anything from before 2012, you'll have to contact me. It takes a while to get the galleries up, and my time is worth something. I will not post galleries just f ......
Haiti Images: Sneak Peek #4
April 15, 2016 08:00 AM Blog
Here we play the role of tourists and you get to see some of the historical places we saw, including the citadel itself, which is what provides the horses and their humans with a livelihood. It's getting a little more interesting, isn't it? Next time, I'll talk just a little bit about some the challenges and solutions for the Haitian people and their horses. Join my mailing list to be the first to know when that happens! You'll also hear about all other things ShortHorse ......
Haiti Images: Sneak Peek #3
April 13, 2016 08:00 AM Blog
This preview shows you some of the cast of characters in the first part of this story, as well as where we stayed in Milot. There are, of course, more characters to this story, but all in good time, my friends! Want to know where we went next? Are you intrigued by the stories that will be elaborated on in the final presentation? Join my mailing list! You'll also hear about all other things ShortHorse. :) Links to donate: Equitarian Initiative: the organization with whom my vet, Dr ......
Showing Up With An Idea
April 12, 2016 03:21 PM Blog
I've been discouraged with riding for a few weeks following one really spectacular ride, after which I've had less-than-ideal rides. The last two days, I haven't really wanted to try to push my way through another ride. However, I also know that if I don't change things, things won't change. So, I decided to just show up, even if I ended up half-assing the ride.I've been looking at Working Equitation for a few weeks, and have fallen in love with the canter necessary for this discipline. I k ......
A Warmblood, a Thoroughbred and a Baroque Horse Walk Into a Bar...
April 10, 2016 03:32 PM Blog
Well, okay, the punchline's not really funny. I'm looking for three models, one of each basic type of sport horse, for a series of videos abut photographing horses. There are several parts to the videos, and I expect each session will take 3-4 hours. The plan is to create a how-to video clinic that expands on my Creating Representational Images workshop, and will show you the basic of how to create images of horses for sale or stallions at stud. In the clinic, I will c ......
Haiti Images: Sneak Peek #2
April 8, 2016 08:00 AM Blog
Here in the second preview, we've made it up to the horses on the mountain, and the vets and I have begun the day's work.Next time, you'll meet some of the characters of this story and see where we stayed while in Milot. Want to know when the next images are posted? Are you excited to get more details when the final presentation is available? Join my mailing list! You'll also hear about all other things ShortHorse. :) Links to donate:Equitarian Initiative: the organization& ......
Haiti Images: Sneak Peek #1
April 6, 2016 08:00 AM Blog
As promised, here are the first of several sneak peeks of some of my favorite images. To be fair, one of these images was posted on my Facebook page, but it's since been lovingly artworked to reveal more of the beautiful details. Want to know when the next image is posted? Join my mailing list! You'll also hear about all other things ShortHorse. :) Please consider donating to Equitarian Initiative, with whom my vet, Dr. Judy Batker of Country View Veterinary Service works to help these hors ......
L'Union Fait La Force
April 3, 2016 02:52 PM Blog
"L'union fait la force" has been a subtle light under which I have viewed much of my life since Haiti, but especially riding. Unity builds strength. It really, really does. On many levels. Too bad this work doesn't look very showy - it sure is powerful.This was something I posted on Facebook a few days ago, but I felt the need to elaborate.
Effective Images for Business
February 1, 2016 07:34 PM Blog
For better or worse, image consumption has skyrocketed with the advent of digital photography and camera phones. People's attention spans are shorter, and their tolerance for quantity over quality has gone up. It's harder than ever to catch someone's attention long enough to tell them anything, not to mention capture their interest in your story. Time is unfortunately short. Too short for mediocre images. Are the images you use to portray yourself and your business accur ......
Getting There!
January 12, 2016 09:41 AM Blog
Well, it looks like I'm well on my way to Haiti! Yesterday I got my various immunizations and prescriptions (bring it on, Malaria!), and a sucker from the travel nurse's assistant for being a good girl. :) I also applied for an expedited passport (holy cows, those things are expensive!). The fund-raising is going well, with just over $1000 raised by 19 people in 10 days. This is amazing! I've said before that I have been struggling with this, but I had a lovely conversation w ......
Help for Haitian Horses and People
January 3, 2016 08:50 PM Blog
My vet, Dr. Judy Batker of Country View Veterinary Service, makes a semi-annual trip to Haiti to work with the horses who provide transport to tourists up and down the Bonnet a L'Eveque mountain in Milot, near Cap Haitian in the Northern territory. Through her work with Equitarian Initiative, and with the help of Christian Veterinary Mission, Dr. Batker has helped educate a number of people in Haiti. Dr. Batker had spoken a few times about her trips to Haiti, but it was during a p ......
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