Today Pow Pow, a young horse, jumped for the first time and you can almost always guarantee a great photo opportunity. Now the way it works, for those that aren’t familiar with horses, is the trainer runs with the horse up to the jump and at the very last second un-clips the lead line and with a lot of encouragement the horse hopefully jumps!
If you noticed I put the “un’clips the lead line” in bold because this is a very important bit. It means that once the horse has completed the jump it’s free to run in any direction it feels like or to put it another way, it’s like a toddler who crosses the thresh-hold at a Toys-R-Us store, you have no idea what’s going to happen next.
As you can see by the photo sequence, Pow Pow had her eye on me. So rather than run into the open end of the paddock, she landed, made a 90 degree turn and headed straight for me. After the last frame I put my hand up, steering her to the left while I made sure I didn’t get kicked as she went inches by me. I changed position and it happened again, and then once more. Finally on the fourth jump she passed me wide right and I was able to get some great shots. (I’ll post those tomorrow.)
Oh, where not to stand? How the hell should I know. Didn’t you just read my story.