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of mine has been after me all summer to come and take pictures of Talmaar
because she felt the pictures we had of him on our web page did not do
him justice. We had tried to take pictures of him ourselves, but
with one person manning the camera and the other holding the horse, there
was no one to get the ears up. Standing in the middle of the field
making obscene noises just to get the stallion's attention goes only so
far until he realizes that there is neither a food nor sex reward involved
and he ultimately loses interest. If I hadn't taken any good pics
by the time he lost interest, the photo session might just as well have
been over. I have seriously thought of designing a "bear" costume
with a built in opening for the camera lens, because wearing a horse blanket
turned inside out has worked great for the girls. But in this Texas
heat, you can forget about wearing any such contraption in the summer.
And any stallion worth his oats knows that bears hibernate in winter so
most likely would not pay attention if pictures were taken at that time
of year wearing that ridiculous garb.
my friend purposefully waited until one of the hottest of days in August
and called me up and said "Oh, by the way, I've got to go to Kansas in
the morning to help someone take pictures of their fillies that they have
for sale. Since I'll be driving right past your place, can I stop
in and take pictures of Talmaar?" Now, we had previously discussed
this and I thought we had agreed upon taking the pictures in late September
or early October when the temps cool down to a tolerable 80 degrees in
the heat of the day. Being raised a Yankee, I have never become acclimated
to the Texas summers, even though I have lived here for several decades!
up at the barn with her husband and a whole passel of kids in tow.
I armed everyone with Wal-Mart bags and OJ carton noise-makers. The
mares were all secured in the barn. And so we began.
with the halter pics first and Talmaar talked real sweet to his favorite
Prince Fa daughter. Then we decided to form a human wall across one
end of the big pasture and turned him loose. As Talmaar got warmed
up, there was a whole lotta shakin' going on, not to mention the huffing
and puffing of the three adults involved in trying to keep him from escaping
to the other end of the pasture where there were mares on the other side
of two of the fences. We moved back and forth like a school
of fish, and equally as wet as the temp was close to 100!
the picture below is one of the last pictures taken before Talmaar spotted
the weakest link in the human fence and darted right past his "Mom" and
broke for the North Forty. It really was rather funny as he had all
of the horses in the neighborhood running, including the Quarter horses
across the street and the neighbor's horses to the North. Horses
are such creatures of habit. Whenever something is out of the ordinary,
they all go berserk! Talmaar was just flying around the pasture with
his tail in the air having a grand old time.
like his "Mom", is an easy keeper and is a little overweight. Perhaps
if we'd do this more often, we'd both be in better shape! The pictures
were taken by an amateur and the focus was on the horse, not the background.
So please forgive the overgrown weeds, dead trees, and mismatched fences.
I hope this
gives you a good idea of the Egyptian stallion who was our introduction
to the Egyptian Arabian. Unfortunately, one of the main attributes
that the camera just cannot capture is his lovely disposition. After
nearly 10 years with him, we are still in love!
Pictures have been cropped only. Absolutely
no changes have been made to the horse. No shading, no highlighting,
no stretching, no filling and obviously no cleaning
up! This is the real deal. WYSIWYG !!!