( the golden boy )

I think I’m getting old. Well, old-ER at the very least. But I’m saying things like “Oh wow, I remember when he was just a yearling!” And I’m doing that with regularity. Which means that I’m getting old. Because if the horses are getting old, time’s not stopping for me, that’s for sure.

When I walked into Sweet’s Horse Center and saw this huge, lanky, stunning palomino gelding standing in the cross-ties, let me tell you about feeling old. I remember when he was barely a yearling. And he was bad. And his tail was barely past his hocks. And his snip seemed to take up half of his nose. And his owner, Bev, and I talked about what she dreamed he’d become. He’s all that and more now. Rebel is huge now. He looks fantastic. He’s so well behaved. Beautifully put together and a pleasure to work with. I almost teared up a bit when Bev hopped on his back- we’d talked about this exact moment three years ago when I did pictures for her the first time: a time when she’d be able to hop up and hug him around the neck for a bareback picture like she’d seen in my portfolio years ago. It was a strange feeling of deja vu. And a really awesome feeling of satisfaction. I feel like I had a small part in raising the little fella. I felt like a really proud aunt, of sorts. I am so lucky:)

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Beverly - May 14, 2010 - 11:02 am

Awwww!!!! Thanks so much!!!!! It sure doesn’t feel like I’ve had Rebel almost 4 years to me either!! I remember well talking about my plans and how I couldn’t wait till I could finally ride him. The wait is FINALLY over!!!! Thanks for capturing the momments for me!!! We definately look forward to more shoots with you in the future. Rebel promises to stop making us both feel old. ;)
~ Bev & Rebel

Sarah Walton - May 20, 2010 - 1:04 pm

WOW! He’s a stunner. I have such a soft spot for pally’s. He just gleams!

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