thank you all! those are just a few of the pics she took, it was a 3 hour photoshoot so i have tons. and lots of them are candid shots that just turned out great, like the one of him sniffing my boots. i don't know how to make them bigger, i saved them off my facebook and fb compresses the pics.
Trucker is a 15 year old 16.3 TB gelding. He was breed somewhere in California and ended up down in Florida and was trained as someone's very fancy show horse. I know he showed for at least a little while at the A shows doing the 3'6 hunters. He's show carreer ended when he started acting up in the show ring, rearing, refusing jumps, etc so he was put out to pasture for over a year until it was discovered he had developed a cyst on his navicular on his front right. So his people decided to give him to a local rescue program to try and rehome him somewhere. They informed the rescue of his issues but apparently that info was not passed on and he was adopted by a lady who wanted to use him as her next eventing prospect. Of course that didn't last long and she sold him to a local university to be used in their equestrian program. He was used only for flat classes in which he was a blue ribbon winner every time. During this time he apparently developed some very nasty and rude habits, biting, kicking, and just generally being very unhappy. Which some horses just don't do well in a situation where they are used as schooling horses. I think they tried leasing him out for a while, but he had learned to be pushy and mean and get his way and he once again found himself standing in a pasture doing nothing for a while. He was then sent to a barn to be tried once again as a school horse and thats where i found him. He wasn't being used b/c of his attitude problems and instead of trying to do something about it the barn owner just neglected him. He was out in the pasture covered in rain rot and mud rash, very skinny and just nasty all around. When i saw him and stopped in to ask I was told they were all pretty much afraid of him and they never brought him in out of the pasture and so he'd not been wormed, no shots, and not hardly feed in over a year. So i took him. He tried his tricks with me but with the help of a natural horsemanship trainer it didn't take long at all before i saw a totally different horse. He cleaned up to be a beautiful horse and turned out to be the lightest most well trained horse i've even been on. he still has is grumpy moments (mostly with other ppl) but with me our relationship has been established and that trust built a bridge between his heart and mine. I use to do lots of showing in the hunter world but i got tired of it and so now he and i just enjoy each others company, riding in the pastures and out around the farm.