Our local village show has a photography competition every year which we love to enter. One of the themes for this year was ‘Lost’ and we had no photographs we could think of that would fit the bill. We were trying to think of what to enter when I came up with the idea of using the ponies and a large map. A photo shoot was obviously called for.
Galahad was incredibly well behaved given his general nervousness around things which flap. He was not very keen on my being handed the map and started to walk off when I had it. I kept hold of it for quite some time but eventually had to drop it as I was just not managing to turn him back to where we wanted to take the picture.
I retrieved the map and returned to our designated spot. This time I already had it in my hand when I mounted which was much more successful – he doesn’t mind me holding things so much, it is being passed them which is the main problem. I assume that’s because whoever is doing the passing has to lift up their hand and whatever it is they want to give me.
My holding the map to start with really did make a difference – Galahad stood like a rock, except for shaking his head to dislodge the flies. He was perhaps a bit tense but nothing major and stood still quite happily until we got the shot we wanted.
We didn’t win the class but I certainly had a lot of fun getting the picture!