He’s a special horse in our herd you might say, born with a ‘parrot mouth’ he was sold in a ‘dogger’ pen at 4 months old for dog meat, but through a hap hazard chain of events ended up at our place. With a little corrective equine dental work, Beaker can now survive in the paddock, and not be reliant on hand feeding.
All our horses run free, they are our friends, we only ride them by mutual agreement.

Shot on a Fuji s9600 fully manual settings.
Post ajustments in GIMP

In the 1990’s photography for me was about SLR’s & dark rooms, it was about printing your shots at 3-6am to ‘beat the light’ in you homemade darkroom to get your shots to press. I worked in music, hair and a little news, but love portraiture. Now I use a digital slr, but try to replicate shot control like in the old film days. I now longer make my living out of photography, but prefer to better my life by embracing a passion ;)

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  • Brett Rogers
    Brett Rogersover 2 years ago

    Wonderful story Mark, good on you! Inspiring story and inspiring photo. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  • thanks Brett, they are wonderful animals, I was playing with depth of fields with my Fuji s9600 at the end of the day so I could some saturated color, so was just ‘playing’ as such -but really liked the shot it’s so ‘Beaker’.. as such ;) Most of our nags have a story – ex-trotters, ex-racers, mostly rescues :) I rationalize the collection with the statement “they keep the grass down” :)

    – Mark Batten-O'Donohoe

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful critter!! Wonderful shot Marky!

  • thanks Jordan,
    he is very engaging, I’m finally getting there with this digital color stuff – has taken me long enough ;)

    – Mark Batten-O'Donohoe

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 2 years ago

    Such a lovely happy ending for Beaker. I’m glad he has friends like you.

  • Thanks Kat,
    they are wonderful beings when you get to know them and appreciate them for what they are. Beaker is one of those horses that looks awkward and gangly, but when he’s in cantor or full gallop, is poetry to watch ;)

    – Mark Batten-O'Donohoe

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