Why are you wearing your wedding dress?

The super-talented Chris Leach from Piston Photography (www.PistonPhotography.co.uk) came to the yard to take some Autumnal photos on Saturday.

We are living and breathing in difficult times, where opportunities to see our loved ones has been reduced and creating those special moments are not only difficult but also limited. Bodie has had a bit of vet intervention recently and I guess it has given me a bit of a reality-check combined with emotions surrounding the pandemic. I am missing spending quality time with my family, we haven't all been together since February. We are a very close family, it doesn't matter what we are doing, where we are, what commitments we have, we all come together on a Sunday for a roast around the dining table. I'm not sure when we will have a meal around the dining table again, our traditional 'Vincent Christmas' certainly won't be the same this year. I am grateful that my family are safe and we are following the government guidance to protect each other. I lost my dog earlier this year (reason I started this blog up), followed quite swiftly by my brother's dog. I will never be able to create any more memories with him and I absolutely adored him. It's made me think about how limited mine and Bodie's moments are together and I need to make the most of them.

So, my amazing friend and yard owner Jess at Ashtree Sport Horses, said 'wear your wedding dress! I'll help you out!' and with the above floating around my head, I thought 'yeah alright then!'. Previous to having the photoshoot, I spoke to a few of my female friends and they were all very excited, totally understood why I was pulling on my dress for photos with my soul horse. However, my male counter part friends, did not understand it at all. In fact, Phil, my friend and work colleague said "I just can't get my head around it, I don't understand it, is it for a brochure or something... for wedding dresses...and horses?"

"You wear the damn Hugo Boss suit"

So I explained it in the only way that I thought he would understand:

"Let's pretend that you have got your dream car, like an Aston Martin or something. You know that in your lifetime you are never going to own a car of this calibre. You love that car, you love driving it, you love looking at it, you love caring for it. But you know, that one day the inevitable will happen. Your car will burst into flames and there won't be anything you can do about it. You don't know when it's going to happen but eventually it will and it will all be over. If someone offers you the chance to take photos with the autumn leaves of you and your car. You wear the damn Hugo Boss suit."

So with the help of Jess, who trimmed her up, plaited her up and positioned/man handled her - this is Bodie after all, she is pretty opinionated and very much has her own mind. We were off, the crew (Abi and Ness) were violently waving their arms, sticks, treats, leaves around to get those perky ears. I think the majority of these photos were of me laughing at Ness who was mounting various pieces of equipment to try to get Bodie's ears to prick up.

This is my favourite photo, it just captures us perfectly. It's not the prettiest, but it is us all over, cheeky chestnut and just utter joy from me.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Chris, Jess, Abi and Ness for creating another 'moment' for me to enjoy with my incredible mare.