Travel opportunities have been limited this past year, but in June I was able to travel to Idaho to photograph one of my favorite subjects. At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which caters to photographers, I enjoyed photographing beautiful horses and the amenities of the ranch for 5 days. The talented wranglers set up shots both outdoors and in enclosed arenas. My favorites, of course, are from the indoor arenas with lots of dust and moody lighting from high windows. Let me know what your favorites are.

The ranch has a variety of horses from Appaloosas to Paints and Halflingers to Belgian Draft horses. Photographing the horses as a herd of 40+ created some wonderful scenarios with dust and water.

The Appaloosas were flashy. In fact, one was named Flash. The three big bay Belgium Draft horses were magnificent…at one time creating what I called a “chorus line” while they ran in the outdoor arena. The “Three Reds” offered some fun images as one seemed to have a bone to pick with one of the others. There were opportunities for a few portraits, too.

The indoor arenas were challenging as were the outdoor shots in bright sunlight, but all very rewarding. I hope you enjoy seeing the results in the images below. More of my images can be seen under “GALLERIES” at the top of the page.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Cheryl. It has made me excited about my own trip there coming up in October, if all goes well. Your shots are phenomenal!

    1. Thanks so much, Lola! I know you’re going to love your experience there. Beautiful horses and the folks who own and run it are wonderful. A real family affair. I’ll look forward to seeing your images! Cheryl

      1. Pictures just so beautiful. One in particular reminded me of my Arabian horse. Would love to visit that ranch.

  2. Cheryl, excited to see your images and looking forward to more postings through your blog. Your Idaho trip was definitely productive.

    1. Thanks a lot, Nancy! It was a really fun trip.

  3. Wonderful action shots of these beautiful horses. This makes me wish that I was still able to ride. ❤ 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lucy! For the first time in my adult life I have no horses. Photographing them helps. 🙂

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