In an instant, everything changed.

Life with horses can be unpredictable to say the least.

From a great ride and plans for an upcoming horse show to the phone call that every horse owner dreads.

Something is wrong.

And, even worse, it’s fatal.

Girl and Thoroughbred horse in emotional moment

This isn’t a Story

 

This isn’t just a story. This actually happened to a client of mine.

In fact, we had just been speaking the previous week about capturing images of her horse.

7 days later, her horse was gone. Forever.

Even worse, this isn’t the only one. In the past 2 years, I have had 3 clients lose horses unexpectedly.

Our beloved animals aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

While logically we know that horses won’t live as long as we do, when a life is cut tragically and unexpectedly short, our hearts all break.

I cam across this lovely poem by Brenda Riley-Seymore that I always think of when I hear about another horse leaving us.

Girl in red dress connecting with horse laying down on beach

Don’t Cry for the Horses

 

“Don’t cry for the horses that life has set free

A million white horses forever to be

Don’t cry for the horses now in God’s hands

As they dance and they prance to a heavenly band

They were ours as a gift but never to keep

As they close their eyes forever to sleep

Their spirits unbound on silver wings, they fly

A million white horses against the blue sky

Look up into heaven you’ll see them above

The horses we lost the horses we loved

Manes and tails flowing they gallop through time

They were never yours they were never mine

Don’t cry for the horses they will be back someday

When our time has come they will show us the way.”

-Brenda Riley-Seymore

Girl smiling while holding Horse's face in Black and White

Life is Short

 

In an instant, everything changed. Life is short.

So take the ride.

Rub the ears.

Thank your horse.

Kiss the muzzle.

Enjoy the moments.

Capture the memories.

Love your horse each and every day. 

Don’t wait. Because in an instant everything can change.

Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography spends her days doing insane things to make horses look at her. Clearly, she’s desperate for attention. When she’s not celebrating the stories of the amazing horses in her clients’ lives, she invests time and energy into perfecting her equine photography skills and growing her business, hanging with her favorite rescue dog, Nitro, and planning her next big adventure. She also tries to spend some time educating and entertaining her fans and potential clients by blogging and posting on social media about whatever catches her fancy at the moment. 

Betsy is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,000 photographers nationwide and is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism. Ride the Sky specializes in on-location photography for equines. Ride the Sky also has the option of bringing the studio to the stable. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works on location in Tennessee, North Georgia, and beyond.

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