So, another update.
As you would have seen from one of my other threads, it looks like I might be selling Brock (or leasing, if I possibly can) because I'm moving to Victoria. Very exciting/scary/adventurous decision here, and it involves giving up a lot of things (family, current flat, my routine, friends, possibly my job or even my career) in the name of love, but the hardest by far
is giving up Brock, even though I'd toyed with the idea of selling him before. Actually getting to the point of advertising is awful, I've written and rewritten the copy for the ad and still not had the courage to post it up.
I have a fair few nice photos of him thanks to a friend who is way better with a camera than me, but no good confo photos to use for the sale. So I went out yesterday with that in mind. Brock is usually pretty annoying to photograph still as he usually turns toward the camera, but I taught him to look ahead while I took photos (pointing and saying "look!", which I actually did more in frustration than as an actual command, and didn't at all expect him to do it, but he did - I swear he understands English...).
Anyway, here are the two I got. Ugly as anything because I'm a terrible photographer, but this was really only a practice session (the light disappeared way too quick to have enough prep/grooming time) so I hope to get better ones next time. Luckily he has lost most of his winter fluff and his beard isn't as obvious, and he's always shiny.
(Warning, fugly horse photos coming up):
Note the random left side bulge in the second photo LOL. He'd just stepped his foot underneath him and his stomach swung out. Yes, that's how big it is (although he's lost most of the fat over the ribs and the butt crease is no longer there, so I'm thinking this is mostly a grass belly now...).
Anyway, going to get more/better photos next Sunday and try a few other things: braiding his mane, having his mane lie on the wrong side as it is lovely and long and silky now, a back end shot if possible, one of him tacked up, one of him led in hand if possible, and a few ridden shots too. Might even try and get some videos, his paces are really nice and I'd like to show them off (his redeeming quality LOL). I'll also be putting him in his "nice" headcollar (black with brass buckles) for the confo shots.
Not that I'm expecting to put all these up but I'd like to be prepared with as many photos as possible because it's not very easy for me to get down there and take them.
Does anyone have any suggestions for presentation? Should I clip his little feathers or leave them? Should I oil his hooves? Anything with his mane and tail? Should I try and get a head shot with the bridle on? Any special shots? This is all pretty new to me...