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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Project 5 ~ The Before Photos

The current header photo and the following photos were taken by my new friend Cindy Sloan who is in the Project 5 ~~ Mike Bridges Clinic with me. One of the benefits with proper training is the muscle building that takes place.

So, Cindy, who does a lot of professional photography, took "before" photos of everyone's horses. Then she'll take photos at the last clinic (5 years from now) and we'll have wonderful comparison shots of how much our horses physically developed over the 5 year period.

"Is this my better side?" asks Colt.

Everyone likes a good behind shot!

Cindy took some fun shots too...just 'cause that's
what photographers do!

She sent me this shot too of Mike Bridges
setting up the strings on Colt to work on the circus pole.

To me these photos are a treasure, because I've never had any photos of this quality of Colt. We just did them on the spur of the moment, and Colt's legs are all dirty, but I still love the lighting from that day.

Cindy Sloan lives in Central Oregon now (recently moved from NE Oregon) and she can be reached via email at She doesn't have a website yet. But, if you are looking for someone to take photos for you, I highly recommend her.

Thanks Cindy for the photos!



lisa said...

So cool, to be able to see the results later! You don't realize how things change because you are always around. Nice behind shot!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos - it's great to be able to document this sort of thing!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Ooohhhh-I hope Shooter grows up to be as nice a horse as Colt. He is just beautiful!! It'll be wonderful to see how gorgeous he is going to be as a mature horse.

Reddunappy said...

Colt is just gorgeous!
This project looks like a really fulfilling thing to do, I am jealous LOL You will do awesome I am sure! and so will Colt.

Mikey said...

Such great pics!!! Love them! Both of you look fantastic. Now will you take yearly photos too? I wouldn't be able to wait a whole five years!!!

Paint Girl said...

Colt is a beauty! I just love him. And as Mikey asks, are you going to take in between photos? I also don't think I can wait 5 years!!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the different shots of Colt. He is such a pretty horse. :)

gtyyup said...

Thank you everyone...and yes, there will be MANY every clinic and every other occasion I can photograph him!

Shirley said...

Love the new header, such a handsome boy! Nice chinks you wear. Hope we get to see lots of Colt photos this year; you can never take too many of such a nice horse! Hopefully we will get some of you riding too.

Anonymous said...

He's a nice lookin' dude!!

Angela Swedberg said...

What a great way to follow your colts progress. Makes me wish I was living back in Oregon (my home state) Here in Western Washington, not many Vaquero bridle horses or opportunities to train one. One of my dreams is someday to have a full up bridle horse.

mugwump said...

We should all have a photo of our horses like this. Of course I only think of it when my horses are fat, out of shape and as hairy as a yak.

Cowgirl Rae said...

I'm always amazed at how horses change and mature, its even better when they are fit and developed for their job.

Pouring rain buckets here, my horses are currently sporting mud covers now, I just finished watching them play, 'rip and snort' around in the fog and mist and mud. Hope its drier your way.
Oh I'm longing for the dry up.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I hope you're going to talk more about this clinic and whatever in the world circus poles are and what they are used for.


gtyyup said...

Angela~It's a great opportunity and I decided that it would be worth the effort. I've never had a bridle horse myself and can't afford to buy one. But, the training along the way will be the best part!

Lisa~click on "Project 5" in the first paragraph and the link will take you to my post from last fall when I attended the 1st clinic in the 5 year series! Of course I included photos and a couple of videos too!

Ed said...

Great shots, you look sooo 1880's in your duds..:-)
p.s. Colt does not have a bad side..:-)

Susan said...

I had the opportunity to attend a Mike Bridges clinic a few years ago. We didn't work cattle, but I enjoyed Mike's laid back approach. The project is neat. People too often are in such a hurry to produce a futurity horse, etc. I like the time-line.

Andrea said...

I am not sure he could get much nicer looking than that!! He is such a nice looking boy! He has grown so much in the last year! Colt sure has one nice looking backside! Beautiful shots! I love the one of you and him together for a head shot!! Cute!

CTG Ponies said...

Colt is gorgeous with no bad side!!! I love the new header pic. Please pass on to Cindy Sloan that she can set up a PhotoReflect site for her photos and it's free. It's a nice way to showcase your photos. Here's mine:

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