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Models in the Making

From watching high quality television, E News, and Reality TV, I have gathered that models can be high maintenance. I thought this only applied to beautiful women, but boy was I wrong!

I had the brilliant idea to use my horses for my engagement pictures (after all, they are my family!). I was picturing in my head all of the stunning pictures I saw on Pinterest or in the SmartPak catalog, so I spent the entire month prior planning my outfits and making sure my horses’ coats shined like diamonds. I skipped my beauty sleep and woke up super early the morning of the photo shoot to clip, groom, bathe, groom again, pull mane, and apply gallons of Show Sheen and conditioners to both of my horses. Keeping in mind that both of my guys are “Steady Eddys” and are always so well behaved, I wasn’t worried about their behavior and just kept picturing myself riding across the pasture with my hair blowing in the breeze.


Well, even the best-laid plans can go awry. They must have known it was their time to shine because they were both out of control, prancing and whinnying to their friends in the field and making sure they covered every inch of my new outfit in slobber. Leroy was so full of himself that I was only able to snag a few pictures before he decided that it was time to call it a day and focus his energy on getting to his pasture pals as fast as possible. I asked my fiancé to give me a leg up onto my other horse Buster, who is a senior citizen mind you, and he was so slippery from all of the grooming and conditioning that I flew off the other side of him and landed in the dirt. He then proceeded to take off back to the barn to finish his supper.

Even though I didn’t quite get the glamorous shots that I was imagining, I did get several blooper shots that tell some pretty amazing stories!



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9 comments on “Models in the Making
  1. Kristen Broadhead says:

    I think these look great! 🙂

  2. Nicole says:

    I can picture the blooper shots, they are probably more realistic to what marriage is like. Sometimes you will fall on your bum but you get up and walk back to the barn together…Congrats on your engagment!

  3. Lindsay says:

    I had maternity pictures with my horse. It was fun, some of the best shots I have were the ones we were not planning. He did however decide that walking towards our photographer meant it is play time and he was throwing his head and front legs. The look on my face tells me I was midst the knock it off and be respectable speech….

  4. Angel says:

    I met you at ROLEX and your super suggestive selling landed me 2 more pair of the Piper Breeches!!…Thanks!

  5. Dawn says:

    I do love the “parting shot” of both of you walking into the “sunset” with the horses – may you always go thru your lives together that way!

  6. Kari Chao says:

    Super cute story and photos! Congratulations to you both!

  7. Patty says:

    After being married for 34 years and STILL as much or more in love now I will say my husband has always been so supportive of my “horsey habit” Looks like you have a keeper too. Now after the first child, keep in mind not tooooo much grooming for horse is necessary! (pics will look better with baby on top of horse and not on ground) At my age you just hope you stay on and don’t care if horse looks pretty (pics or not) 🙂

  8. Lucy says:

    Horses love ruining our plans, but they look so beautiful doing it! You did get some nice photos, although maybe not exactly the ones you wanted.

  9. Christi Baldwin says:

    I had the same thinking for my Christmas pictures this last Christmas. Yup didn’t work out that way. My horse stepped on my brand new $50 pants and tore them beyond repair. Then he slobbered green stuff all over me and my boyfriend. Then thought it was cute for him to act up but moving all over the place and not posing like the ham he is any other day. I think just the excitement of the attention was on him made him a little crazy.

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