Pets & Domesticated Animals
The Racehorse Sanctuary
Sony A7iii, 70 - 200mm, Profoto B2
Equine is a celebration of the horse. Throughout history, the horse has stood right by our side. Without their existence, one can only imagine the battles, number of crops and genuine happiness we would have lost. Even today, the equine industry is worth over £300bn and offers full time employment to well over a million individuals. We owe an awful lot to the horse. Personally, I know that I certainly do. I have been around horses since I was two. As a child, my bedroom overlooked York racecourse – and on race days, I would simply sit and enjoying watching the racehorses being unloaded. After our move to Suffolk, I would drag my parents to our local riding school where, come rain or shine, I would trundle up and down the country on a Shetland pony. And, when I was eleven years old, we were gifted a horse from the riding school. It was a real dream come true. I had an idyllic childhood with horses and summer holidays were dreamy. With my packed lunch at the ready, I would happily spend hours hacking around the countryside with my horse before spending even more time grooming and washing him. In fact, between the ages of eleven and 19, not a day went by that didn’t involve a horse in some description. During my teenage years, a growth spurt hit and I found that I almost needed roller skates to ride my little 13.2 pony. Begrudgingly, I found him a loan home and then spent a few years loaning more suitably-sized horses. It was then that I brought my first horse, Ronnie. We could never afford to buy a flashy horse. So, when Ronnie the ex-racehorse arrived, it was an exciting feeling. He was really mine. Unfortunately, that feeling was short lived as five months in, we tragically lost Ronnie to colic. I can honestly say that losing Ronnie was one of those life-changing events and prompted a break from horses. That break was short-lived, however, and we soon welcomed Fred to the family. Also an ex-racer, Fred and I enjoyed three years together before a new adventure beckoned – university. Despite their strength and power, Ronnie taught me that horses are also fragile – and to be able to enjoy their company is a real privilege. To be able to ride them is a privilege. And to be able to have them as a constant companion is a real privilege. 20,000 images. 21 different horses. 20 photoshoots. Equine was created to illustrate my deep-rooted affection, admiration and enjoyment of the horse. From workhorse or sports horse, spotty or non-spotty, we owe so much to the horse. Equine is a celebration of just that.
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