Friday, December 17, 2010

Getting in the Spirit

One of my co-workers heard me griping long enough about how I cant seem to land anyone to come to the barn and take some holiday photos of Milo and I, and that I thought I would just give up on the idea until next year. So she decided on Monday that she would bring her camera and decorations to work with her everyday so if there was one good day after work, we would go out together and she would take some photos of Milo and I.

So Tuesday was the special day. It was sunny for most of the day, and was dry (although getting dark) once we both got off work. I headed out first and pulled Milo out of the pasture to quickly groom (and the little brat had gotten his neck cover off and soaked in the mud - although I had to attach it via bailing twine the night before because I put him in his midweight blanket while its not too cold to give the heavyweight a chance to dry). Milo was in a fiesty mood and wasnt sure why we had the heavy leather halter on.

As I tried to prepare some "decorations" I found an extension cord and hooked it up to a string of lights in the stall. Co-worker arrived, with santa hats, and we went to work. I brought Milo into the stall to check out the lights and attach his poinsetta to the halter, and he was quite intrigued with the lights. So much so he tried to eat them repeatedly. No way Milo, I am not letting you electricute yourself.

Things didnt go so well as they usually do when you plan to get some quick but cute photos with horses. Milo wanted nothing to do with the flower on his halter, he did not want to stand still, and he wanted to chew on those lights. We decided to try some poses by the apple tree instead. Leading over there the little shit wanted to rear and flip his head,  he was that upset about the flower and the whole situation. So I made him longe a bit right there on my six foot showmanship lead. Once I got some of his retardedness out his his system, we went back to standing still and he finally decided the world wasnt going to end, and it might just be easier to cooperate for the twenty minutes or so.

Than we thought we would try the lights again. Milo very nicely and quietly lead with me back to the stall, and I set him up with the lights. He sure wasnt feeling the santa hat and had the most embarrassed look on his face as he stood stock still looking away from me. Oh poor Milo. Than I had the hot idea to wrap the lights around him. He didnt mind that so much and we finished the photoshoot with those. Good Milo finally decided to just deal with the situation. We got a few laughs from the evening feeder and a boarder driving in from seeing the lights, but I hope the photos make it well worth it.

I wish I could have found a nice place to set up the lights to stay for decoration, but knowing Milo he would find a way to get to them and that could be really bad. Not to mention, I dont think the BO would appreciate the 24/7 lights.

Photos to come...

3 comments:

The View From A Saddle said...

If I didn't live clear across the Country, I would have definitely come to take pictures of you and Milo! :)

paint_horse_milo said...

aww thanks!! :)

in2paints said...

I know how hard it can be to get pictures with your horse. I take pictures of everything and it drives me crazy that I don't have a lot of pictures of me with Lilly. Going to shows is the worst! I would like a full time photographer to follow me and Lilly around and take pictures. :)

I can't wait to see how the Christmas pictures with Milo turned out!