A break from the usual subject matter. I recently had an opportunity to photograph some four legged friends of a larger variety at Webb Ranch in Portola Valley, CA. The past few weeks I've been taking riding lessons and was fascinated to hear of the varied personalities each horse possessed. My instructor Venita can share a story and the history of most every animal owned by the ranch, and there are many. So far I'm just getting the basics down, like mounting, seat position and posture, controlling the direction my horse with my legs and the reins. Hand position is really important. Walking and trotting, and most important - don't forget to breath. Its amazing how often I catch myself holding my breath as I concentrate on all the new skills and responsibilities that come along with hopping into the saddle.
Observing the horses out in the field was a treat. Some approached me at the fence with purpose. Not sure if they were hoping I was bringing lunch or simply looking for attention. I watched one grey and white speckled stallion wander from horse to horse seemingly causing a commotion with each interaction. Many others clustered together in groups like school children hanging with their buddies. If time allowed, I could have watched them all afternoon.