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Horsein’ Around

What promised to be a day of amazing atmospheric conditions and light came with an unexpected bonus during a recent trip to the Rio Puerco Valley. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that this is one of my favorite locations.


We were looking for something a little different, but, after all, how often can you visit one place and expect to come up with something fresh? I made a turn onto a side road that I had driven past many times; it headed off across a low mesa toward the double peaked Cerro Cuate. Out of nowhere came a small herd of horses. We could see by their brands that they were not wild. Their gregarious nature confirmed it.



One horse in particular took to Robin and she was enchanted.


As we wandered around the fringes of the band, they went about their business. These three stuck together and moved a short distance away from the two more friendly members of the group. Although I am no expert on horses or their behavior, I’m pretty sure they are mares.


I was amazed by the relaxed, friendly demeanor of these gentle animals. They are obviously used to being around people. These two struck a familial pose for me.



With the volcanic neck of Cabezon as a backdrop, these two males (I didn’t get close enough to be able to tell if they are stallions or geldings) proceeded to play with each other as if they were showing off.


In all, we spent about forty-five minutes with our new-found friends working the horses as I would a model in a portrait shoot.Β I was looking for something as I photographed and when I saw this frame I realized that this was it.


18 responses

  1. Wow!


    March 17, 2014 at 9:53 am

  2. Beautiful shots of some beautiful animals Jim!


    March 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

  3. superb post and photo’s


    March 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

  4. Priscilla Gutierrez

    Thanks for sharing these gems! Another favorite area I periodically get to drive through en route to Pueblo Pintado…


    March 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  5. What a beautiful post Jim. Everything about them is wonderful. Especially love the playful shots with the woman and the full-face shot of the 2 horses. Beautiful skies and landscapes for your subjects too. Great job.


    March 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  6. Yeah a very beautiful post! πŸ™‚ And great photos! You should go photographing the wild horses in Namibia, do you know about them?
    And with your photskills = epic pictures!


    March 18, 2014 at 2:15 am

  7. lifelifedeathdeath

    OMG. These pictures is holy!


    March 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  8. Fabulous capture !


    March 19, 2014 at 1:48 am

  9. Great post, wonderful photos!!



    March 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

  10. What an opportunity you came across . . . they look so friendly by the pics


    March 25, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  11. nice mood πŸ™‚


    April 2, 2014 at 2:10 am

  12. conny wituschinski

    Verrrryy Special merci πŸ˜‰


    April 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  13. conny wituschinski

    Super πŸ˜‰ wouw


    April 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

  14. Beautiful pictures ! I love horses


    June 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

  15. Gorgeous creatures, and you’ve found them in a perfect setting too. Beautiful and fun captures!


    July 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

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