October Horses

More so than Melisa, I am a homebody . . . I like sitting semi-secure behind the wish-they-were-steel walls of our wish-it-were-on-another-planet house.  I would call it a home, but no place has ever felt like “home”.  Us two together form a home where ever we happen to be living at the moment, but it’s not the kind of home people associate with “belonging” somewhere.

This is where I could get deep and say “the universe is our home . . . “, but that’s just crazy; I ain’t even got an airplane, let alone a universe-crossing spaceship.

. . . maybe if I win the Galactic Combined Systems UltraMega Lotto . . .

Anyway, when we want to clear our minds, we do something that has me eager to leave the comfort of our house . . . we go for a drive. That’s what happened yesterday.  We missed the colors (we’ve had a couple of snows, deep freezes, and high winds; not much left), but it’s nice to get out and see the sights.  The route? Down I-25, up Hwy. 24 past Woodland Park to Florissant, then head down Teller County 1, pick up Teller County 11 to Rte. 9, and slam into Hwy. 50, heading to Canon City, pick up Hwy 115 back to Colorado Springs, and back home via Hwy 83 to avoid weekend traffic on I-25.

October 19th drive
October 19th drive

About 185 miles, and roughly 5 hours, counting stopping for photographs, stopping for fries, having a soft cone, and checking out the Canon Goodwill store (got me a neat Star Trek book, and a Far Side collection  I did not have).

After loading our meager snacks (salami and cheese sandwiches, graham crackers, protein bars, chips, cheese, dried pineapples, and a few things I don’t remember and no longer exist), we made a couple of lattes (in addition to the large thermos of coffee), and headed off.

Colorado is horse country . . . if you are driving, even in the middle of Colorado Springs, you are likely to see horses.  Horses normally stare at you, or graze, or just stand there.

Yesterday we were in luck.  Not only did we see riders . . .

Horse,

But there was a horse in an enclosure next to where they were riding.

Horse,

It was very attentive of the three riders . . . and then . . .

Animation from still shots
Animation from still shots

Actually, that’s unnecessarily dramatic.  I stopped the car, parking on the side of the road, because the horse was rather animated, pacing in small circles.  It ran off behind a hill, and I thought I had missed all the action, but it came back, and then gave me the show.

For those wondering why no actual movie, I did not have time to set up the tripod, nor to work out the proper focus and settings.  I just snapped away.  I would have had longer animations, but the D7000 has a limited buffer (thanks Nikon; you do many things well, but in other things you suck).

Horse,

Well, lookie there . . . all four hooves off the ground.  I’m repeating the July 15, 1878 animation of photographs used to unequivocally prove horses get all their hooves off the ground in full gallop (read all about it HERE).  The horse’s name was Sallie Gardner . . . I don’t know the name of this horse.

By the way, all of the frames can be viewed in the associated SmugMug Gallery (HERE), where you can see the individual details of the horse running.  The animations are also there, but at full resolution.  However, those clips don’t loop, and they are very short (5-7 seconds)

BUT WAIT . . . a little farther up, in another enclosure, another horse was also very interested in the riders.

Horse,

It started galloping as well . . .

Horse,

Then something spooked it . . . this happened at exactly the same time I snapped the shutter, and for a moment I thought it must have heard it, but I think it was a car that went by.  The horse did a quick 180 . . .

Horse,

. . . and headed back to its starting point . . .

Horse,

But then . . .

A decent trot, going by right in front of me.
A decent trot, going by right in front of me.

I think the other horse had nicer coloring, but I liked this horse more. For one thing, it has blue eyes.  I’ve never seen that in a horse, but then I am not around horses much.

Yes, these individual photos, as well as the full frame animation, are available in the SmugMug Gallery (all of them, including the following ones, are there, so I won’t repeat it).

And here is this little drama in all its glory . . .

Horse,

The blue-eyed horse galloped back to its original vantage point, again going by me.  Here is the full body animated shots . . .

Animation-5

Here you can clearly see the lighter eyes.    Before I did the above, I had done a cropped version . . .

Animation-3

Now, I don’t know about my readers (even the ones who made it this far), but I think that’s cool.

Here are a few stills . . .

Horse, Horse,

BUT WAIT! . . . we are not done yet!

Remember the other horse?  Well, it came running back toward the road.

Animation-4

The sucker was moving!  And yes, you saw correctly.  It did a high kick on the run.  Here are the frames in sequence:

Horse,

Horse,

Horse,

Horse,

Horse,

The SmugMug gallery has more shots than I’ve shown here, you know, for them who care.

And here’s the wrap-up . . . 

"Hey, do you know if he caught the kick on camera?"
“Hey, do you know if he caught the kick on camera?”
"Hold on; let me ask . . . hey, old man, got that kick?"
“Hold on; let me ask . . . hey, old man, got that kick?”
"He said he did . . . let's give him one last pose."
“He said he did . . . let’s give him one last pose.”

Hope you enjoyed reading about this as much as I did shooting it.  

If you know any horse lovers, you might want to share this with them.

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Defend and Protect
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