Horses & Black & White Photography Challenge #5


Black & White Photography Challenge #5

I used to ride heaps, hours and hours each week.  To me there is nothing quite like the relationship one has with a horse, one that you ride regularly and develop a bond with.

I had a horse, he was called Rocky and lived well in to his late 30’s.  I lost him a year ago but had had many years of joy with him, he was a total character, still with an eye for the ladies a this grand old age.

There is always a close bond with any pet, but with a horse it goes that level deeper, the trust that is built up between the two and working in unison, having a feel for each other.  I had never jumped on another horse and don’t think I ever would on another, I am what they say a one horse woman LOL.

I had to stop because of my back issues, but the other day I got to go and visit the stables where I spent so much of my life.  We all have our favourite smells, a few of mine are grass cuttings, horses and horse manure, yup you read right!

I wonder how many horsey people would admit to that.

It took me back being there in an instant as if I had never left, my thighs twitching itching to just get back on and go for a wild canter in Great Windsor Park but alas it is not to be.  I did have fun though and now my 12yr old son has taken up the reigns and loves it.

Here is one cheeky fellow, I couldn’t help resist but share him here with you today.  I love the way they tilt their head as if to say “yes I am here, is there a treat in your pocket, I do look that cute enough to have one right?”

Black and White Photography Challenge #5

Black and White Photography Challenge #5

This was taken with my bridge camera and edited in Light Room & is my final entry, being #5 for the Black & White Photography challenge.

What is the Black and White challenge?

In order to fulfil this challenge one must post a B&W photograph for the next 5 days.  On each of these days to also nominate another photographer to enter.

It’s a crazy hectic festive time, so anyone I might nominate, it is cool if you can’t do it, or with to defer until the New Year, I totally understand. Or indeed you  might have been nominated before, these things are hard to keep up with especially in a tight knit band of photographic buddies.  If you do however take the plunge, I shall be watching the Black & White space with anticipation and enthusiasm, thank you, have fun!!!

I would like to nominate the wonderful Mary from Tales from the Backyard for the B&W Challenge, pop by her blog to spoil yourself in all the amazing things she finds and reviews for her wonderful animals, see the scenery of all the places she visits and have a friendly chat!

Thank you for taking time to look at my black and white challenges, is there any particular one from 1 – 5 of the days that sticks in your mind and why?

© Justine Nagaur

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  34 comments for “Horses & Black & White Photography Challenge #5

  1. December 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Nice close up. Did you have a treat for him?

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    • December 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Oh my 8yr old bought a whole bag out of his pocket money and did the rounds throughout the stables. This one i think just wanted to eat my camera!

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  2. December 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Lovely picture!


  3. December 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Beautiful picture and heartfelt story. You had an amazing connection with your beloved for so long. We don’t all get to experience that. Thank you for sharing x.

    My favourite is definitely the spooky gingerbread house, mainly because it’s fun 😄

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    • December 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      hah i thought that would be your favourite. Yes it’s quite something having that kind of connection with an animal, still miss him lots, but like you say at least I had that time 🙂 hugs xx

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  4. December 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Your black and white horse photo is gorgeous, Justine. Thanks for telling us how your love for the horsey life has never gone away. Sorry to hear how the injured back made you give up your riding, my friend.

    Also, your new color photo up top left is also beautiful, along with your new bio information. Merry Christmas to you and your family, my British Nano Poblano teammate. 🙂 ❤


  5. December 24, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Your black and white photo of the horse is gorgeous, Justine. Thanks for sharing that, along with how important your love of the horsey life will always be to you. I’m sorry to hear how the back injury forced you to give up riding.

    Also, your new color photo up top left is beautiful, too! Merry Christmas from over here in the States to you and your family, my Nano Poblano British friend! ❤


    • December 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Hah yes i nearly forgot about the nano poblano, how could i? gasps…It was lovely to go back to the stables, see the horses, and now my horse has gone i don’t think it would have ever been the same even had my back been good but of course I would have liked the option lol, but my son does it now, but they won’t let the parents in, only once a term if you offer to bake, so I guess I need to get my baking gloves on right? lol xxxc


      • December 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        Bake your way into the stables more than that if you can, Justine. I’ve seen the photos. You can do it!

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        • December 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

          haha thats funny! I will try…grins..I might have to go in disguise still xx


  6. December 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    What a beautiful photo and horse!!

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    • December 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Thank you he was a curious and beautiful creature xxx Ⓜ̇ⓔ̇ⓡ̇ⓡ̇ⓨ̇⠀⠀⠀Ⓒ̇ⓗ̇ⓡ̇ⓘ̇ⓢ̇ⓣ̇ⓜ̇ⓐ̇ⓢ̇⠀⠀


  7. December 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Aw lovely photo and story xx

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  8. December 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I love this! I meant to comment and thought I did. I love this view and angle! 😀 Merry Christmas!

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  9. December 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM


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    • December 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Thank you, I miss my horse, gave me a dose of sanity at the weekends, i called him my sanity keeper x

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    • December 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      when the wind blew through my hair and I felt him move under me all the worlds or my troubles went away, it was just me and him and I felt like I could conquer the world 🙂 xx

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