Beach Riding :: Amelia Island

Beach riding tops virtually every horse lover’s bucket list, right? I finally had the chance to cross that one off recently while visiting Amelia Island, Florida (and I think I’ll go ahead and add it back to the list. I must do it again!).

 

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This is me with Misty, an energetic Tennessee Walker mare. Whoa, Nelly did she have some GO!

 

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On the right is my sister, who hasn’t really ever been on a horse. She did a great job on Cookie!

 

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Cue the joint head tilt. We must have been in sync!
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We lucked out on the weather. Our 5 p.m. ride was beautiful!

Interested in taking our lead (hehe)? Contact Debbie at Amelia Island Horseback Riding. Our awesome guide and impromptu photographer was Reva. The horses were well-taken care of and well-matched to our riding experience.

Happy trails!

~Julia

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My Daughter: A Little Rider

Recently, for an Australian magazine that is printing one of my articles, I took some photos of my 4 year-old daughter riding.

She’s a natural, in my opinion ;).

Below you’ll find a few of my favorites!

 

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Here she is! Riding Leader at Hardwood Creek Farm, in Minnesota.

 

You have to love this sweet, patient Morgan horse: he must be wondering if anyone is even on him!

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First she wanted to avoid puddles, but soon she decided she wanted to go in “ALL THE PUDDLES!”

 

Here is Alyssa Wick, trainer at Hardwood Creek, leading Elizabeth.

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Alyssa is basically Elizabeth’s idol!

 

Last but not least…

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I love this shot; it naturally captures the joy she is feeling and the beauty of childhood (and horses!).

Thank you for stopping by!

~Julia

First Horse Show

I took part in my first horse show last weekend. It was nerve-wracking, scary, and lots of fun! I rode an adorable Morgan horse named Gemini, trained by the Wick family over at Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota.

I was the one riding, of course, so my husband gets the credit for the following photos. He didn’t do half-bad, considering he was also keeping our two little ones in check!

Plus, arenas are notoriously bad for photos– poor lighting, lots of photo bombs, fast-moving, etc.– but I wanted to share them with you anyway. Enjoy!

 

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That’s me: Number 289! Atop Gemini, a beautiful Morgan horse from Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota. This is a Saddle Seat Academy Show: The Capitol Classic, July 2016.
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Getting in the line-up after an amusing ride with Gemini. Morgans are known for their smart and active personalities. They are also lookers!

 

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Trying to enjoy the ride…literally!
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I love the horse’s movement here. Morgan horses in this discipline have a high-stepping trot. This is me doing a little victory lap after winning one of my classes (I was shocked too!).

 

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Cool profile shot of the horse. I’m happy he didn’t get totally spooked when we went past the big window. Horses startle EASILY.

 

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There were only a few other people in my classes, which I liked. Too many riders in one area gets stressful.

 

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I like to think he enjoyed taking me for a ride!

Thanks for joining me :).

Best,

Julia Arnold

Jake the English Shire

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos, but Jake is HUGE. He is a rescue English Shire horse now living in harmony at Sundown Horse Shelter in Hugo.

I love photographing him, but as you can see, he barely paid me any notice as he gobbled his morning hay and alfalfa.

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I could barely get any shots of him not eating. Hey, he has to eat A LOT. Far be it for me to stop him.

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I love the look of bliss on his face here.

 

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Yes, this one, below, is the only one where he isn’t munching! Big Jake in Shelter copy

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~Julia

February Snow

It was “unseasonably warm” in Minnesota today, which is in quotes because it’s still hilarious to me that 35 degrees is considered warm here, but oh well. At least I wasn’t freezing!

Of course, it meant I couldn’t resist going to Sundown Horse Shelter and taking some pictures of all the sweeties there.

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The unusual coloring on this guy photographs beautifully; he looks different in every shot.

 

 

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This sweet-faced horse watched me the entire time I was snapping away. 

 

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I usually prefer color photography with horses, but I liked this image in black and white even better.

 

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Did you really think I could make a visit to Sundown without taking about 100 shots of the sweet Jed? 

 

Have you liked my Facebook page? It’s up and running now, and I’d love it if you visited and shared it with any horse-loving friends!

Thank you for stopping by!

~Julia

Snowy Horses

I’m sharing some recent photos I took of a few of my favorite horses over at Sundown Shelter in Hugo, Minnesota.

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Of course, Jed again! I love how you can see his breath in this shot.

 

 

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The small space on the computer doesn’t do this uniquely-colored rescue horse justice, but I still like the shot.

 

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He is such a cool horse.
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I’ve always loved a line-up of trees. These line the Sundown property.

 

Thank you for visiting!

~Julia