Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Photo shoot at the ranch.
We had a new and interesting experience yesterday. A young couple had a romantic western themed prenuptial photo shoot at our ranch.
The photographer had approached us several months ago about the possibility of using our place as one of his offered venues. A few weeks ago, the couple came by to have a look.
We told them we would need advance notice, especially if they wanted to include a horse. Last Tuesday, they called to say they wanted to use our place. Next week, they said. We will call.
The following Saturday (yesterday), they showed up unannounced. I was annoyed, but not surprised. This seems to be rather typical in the Philippines. But coincidence seemed to be in our favor. We had long, soaking rains the night before, and the photo op horse is a mud pig. After feeding, I decided to give her a bath.
I had just finished, and was about to turn the horses back out into the pasture, when the goodewyfe told me the couple had arrived. I was needed with the 4W drive truck to fetch the bride and her party, with all their paraphernalia. I put the horses back in the stalls with some water, and headed out. The goodewyfe scrambled to prepare a place for them to change clothes. I tried to peg down when and where they needed the horse. But detail is not a strong suit with Filipinos. They finally told me “after lunch”. I cut some napier grass to keep the stalled horses occupied.
They took some glamour shots during the morning hours, taking advantage of our many beautiful vistas. After lunch, I asked where they needed the horse once I had her prepared. Still, I couldn’t get any answer other than “there, the wooded area”. Half of our pasture is wooded. I told them I would prepare the horse, and they could fetch us.
Skippy is our best behaved horse. I suited her up in the goodewyfe’s pretty saddle, and attached a long lead rope to the curb strap. There isn’t a mean bone in this horse’s body. But if the person handling her doesn’t know what they are doing, she will simply walk off with them. I wanted to be able to control her while staying out of the shot. I think, but am not sure that the lead rope will be cut out of the finished product.
Skippy did well, with only the occasional reminder from me that I still had control. The poor young lady was terrified. If the horse so much as flicked an ear, she would abandon her pose and run. She did OK while sitting on the horse though.
I had a lariat on the saddle. I put the loop over the groom’s shoulder, and the coil in the mounted bride’s hand. I’m not sure they understood the concept.
Of course, I was worried about the non-horsey people getting hurt while standing so close to the horse. But, all in all, everyone seemed pleased with how things went.