My little pony

24th January 2013

When I was five I went to bed at night dreaming about my perfect pony. I had the pony pictures all over my room and pony books and a pony t-shirt. I knew exactly how to look after my pony as I had read ALL the manuals and the Barbara Woodhouse ‘training your pet’ books. (If google existed then I would have been source of all pony knowledge). I knew how to groom it, feed it, mount, trot, canter, gallop (in theory of course)… I knew all the tack required to ride a pony, I knew about mucking out.  I knew exactly how much it would cost to own a pony. The girls who rode ponies on our roads were my idols. I knew I’d probably never own that pony, but there was always the dreaming. And that was just as good. My parents bought every sort of pet they could afford. I didn’t get a pony. But I did get a tortoise called Racey who was much loved.

Kym has a pony in the paddock right beside her house. A pony all of her own. When she looks out her window in the morning, there is sweet, gentle Bridie waiting for her. And they have had many adventures together. Kym has all the trophies and rosettes to prove it.  She is just the sweetest wee girl to spend an afternoon with. They’re perfect for each other. I had a lovely time reliving my childhood dreams as Kym trotted around the paddock on Bridie in the late winter light and told me all about the magic of owning a pony.



And here’s a picture of me aged five, (with a bad jumper and a bad haircut) and Racey, who wasn’t very fast at all, but was a very good listener. I’m sure she was the one tortoise with the most pony knowledge in the whole country.

Claire 09:24 January 24, 2013
This has really brightened up my morning! Your photos are exquisite with the light looks amazing! I am still as pony mad at nearly 25 as I was at 5 although I still don't own a pony I am very lucky that I get to ride other people's horses every weekend!
Erica 09:56 January 24, 2013
Love love love this session. Thats what portraiture should be. Less of the posed against a white background and more of this. The one of mum fixing her riding hat is priceless. x Ps you with your wee tortoise brought the biggest smile to my face - brilliant!!
admin 10:46 January 24, 2013
Ah thank-you girls. Glad to brighten your day! Claire hope you're enjoy all that pony-riding and living the dream :) Erica, I keep needing to remind myself of this too every time I think I need to be doing something more complicated. There is nothing wrong with simple and honest portraits. Thank-you.x

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