Bushranger the saddlebronc knows his job, and does it well, once more he enjoys it.

Bushranger has a bit of a story too ;)
He must never be seperated from the love of his life (cinderella) a lovely flaxen chestnut mare who also is a saddlebronc. they travel in their own compartment together, they are bucked out one after the other at events and they eat & sleep together – if they are seperated each make it clear that they are unhappy – so they are alway allowed to be near each other or together.

I know a lot of people disagree with rodeo, but it really becomes evident what a charmed life these horses lead when at night they are free to roam the large arena in a herd – as horses should, while showjumpers and barrel races nearby spend the night in small pens or tethered to floats.
They have food on tap, regular visits from an equine chiro and do very little work! without rodeo these horses would not have a place in life, and those who no longer wish to buck are re-trained as reliable saddle horses.

Adventures of a creative, curious country chick, with a few horses, lazy dog and insane cat in tow! Living the dream in rural Australia, my photos focus on the outback, horses, and the rural way of life… oh and a few pretty flowers along the way!

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  • Ruth Anne  Stevens
    Ruth Anne Ste...about 3 years ago

    Penny those words are so true – I can remember once in Winton at a Rodeo some animal activists came and carried on all night – you see they just don’t understand these horses are doing a job and yeah they would be in a pal tin otherwise as they cant be ridden.
    These days the welfare of the rodeo stock is paramount and they are looked after well and why not they are good at what they do :)
    Great shot mate !

  • Thanks Ruth :) yes, they just don’t understand horses well enough to make a valid point hey, I had the plesure of spending a fortnight with these horses and I can say with utter certainty that the care lavished on these horses far outstrips many other equine operations of the scale, people also don’t realise how much these horses are worth too – and how hard a good safe sensible bronc is to find!
    Thanks again Ruth ;)

    – Penny Kittel

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot Penny, perfectly timed!

  • Thank you Linda! :)

    – Penny Kittel

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsabout 3 years ago

    A fantastic action shot! Thanks for the info, too.

  • No worries – thank you :)

    – Penny Kittel

  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanabout 3 years ago

    Aaaahhh this is a great shot. Couldn’t agree with you more, horses LOVE thier bucking. It’s a way of life for them and they wouldn’t have a job without it. :) awesome stop action and a terrific scene. :) xoxo

  • Thanks An :) yep, they do for sure! there’s a warmblood mare in the same string – she lives with the riding horses as she’s a bit high maintainence lol, evey time i go out to catch a horse to ride she comes up bucking her brands off she just loves it! I was lucky to have so many opportunities to get these photos, it was a really lovely day – bulls will be up soon ;)

    – Penny Kittel

  • Jennifer Saville
    Jennifer Savilleabout 3 years ago

  • woohoo!!! thanks so very very much!!

    – Penny Kittel

  • Julie Sleeman
    Julie Sleemanabout 3 years ago

    FABULOUS action shot. Well captured!

  • Thanks so much again Julie!

    – Penny Kittel

  • aussieazsx
    aussieazsxabout 3 years ago

    This is an awesome action shot, we went to watch the rodeo at the pine rivers show recently and I took my camera and did not get a decent shot, so jealous of your shot!

  • Lol, thanks :) I’ve been to several rodeos where I’ve not been able to get a decent shot – I thin it really comes down to positioning really, I was lucky at Kenilworth I was able to get a good spot, and have the time to take photos!

    – Penny Kittel

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...about 3 years ago

    Sentimental story for Bushranger and Cinderella… Love rodeos!

  • lol, yup….they would make a nice movie I think! I should put some piccies of cinderella up, she’s the most stunning flaxen chestnut!

    – Penny Kittel

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